Flesch–Kincaid Grade Level 5

1.
The Tale of Brownie Beaver
book
by Arthur Scott Bailey
In The Tale of Brownie Beaver, Brownie Beaver does everything he can (along with his forest friends) to protect his underwater home from humans, particularly Farmer Green.
2.
The Go Ahead Boys and the Racing Motor-Boat
book
by Ross Kay
The Go Ahead Boys and the Racing Motor-Boat is an adventure story about boys who enter a boat race.
3.
Casey at the Bat
book
by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
The Mudville Nine's star player is their only hope for winning the game.
4.
The Light Princess
book
by George MacDonald
A princess is cursed to have no gravity.
5.
The Moving Picture Girls Under the Palms or Lost in the Wilds of Florida
book
by Laura Lee Hope
The Moving Picture Girls Under the Palms or Lost in the Wilds of Florida is a story of adventure following the DeVere girls on a journey through the Florida Swamps while filming a movie.
6.
The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat
book
by Thornton W. Burgess
The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat tells the story of Jerry, a young muskrat, and his adventures in escaping the Farmer and his son, and saving the Laughing Brook and his home at the Smiling Pool from drying up. The story also features Grandfather Frog, Joe Otter, Billy Mink, and Paddy the Beaver.
7.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
book
by Lewis Carroll
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a work of children’s literature by the English mathematician and author, Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, written under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit-hole into a fantasy realm populated by talking playing cards and anthropomorphic creatures. The tale is fraught with satirical allusions to Dodgson’s friends and to the lessons that British schoolchildren were expected to memorize. The Wonderland described in the tale plays with logic in ways that has made the story of lasting popularity with children as well as adults. The book is often referred to by the abbreviated title Alice in Wonderland. This alternate title was popularized by the numerous film and television adaptations of the story produced over the years. Some printings of this title contain both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. To access artwork from the 1889 Harper's publication, visit the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland collection on ClipArt ETC.
8.
Beyond the City
book
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
In Beyond the City, the desire for money and romance drives the characters beyond the typical boundaries of their middle class Victorian lives. Lust, deceit, and financial scandals rock their placid world.
9.
The Snow Queen
book
by Hans Christian Andersen
The Snow Queen is a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen and first published in 1845. The story centers on the struggle between good and evil as taken on by a little boy and girl, Gerda and Kay.
10.
Winesburg, Ohio
book
by Sherwood Anderson
Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales of Ohio Small-Town Life is a critically acclaimed work of fiction by the American author Sherwood Anderson. The book, published in 1919, is a collection of related short stories, which could be loosely defined as a novel. The stories are centered on the protagonist George Willard and the fictional inhabitants of the town of Winesburg, Ohio.
11.
The Red Badge of Courage
book
by Stephen Crane
The Red Badge of Courage is an impressionistic novel by Stephen Crane about the meaning of courage, as it is narrated by Henry Fleming, a recruit in the American Civil War. It is one of the most influential American war stories ever written even though the author was born after the war and had never seen battle himself. Crane met and spoke with a number of veterans as a student and he created what is widely regarded as an unusually realistic depiction of a young man in battle.
12.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
book
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
book
13.
“Avaricious and Envious”
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
Two neighbors were in constant competition with each other, so Jupiter granted them a wish to teach them a lesson.
14.
“The Fox and the Grapes”
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
A Fox wants a bunch of Grapes to quench his thirst. He jumps to reach them several times. He is not able to reach them. As he leaves he decideds the grapes are probably sour and he wouldn’t like them anyway.
15.
“The Man and the Lion”
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
A Man and a Lion each boast of their strength. Upon seeing a statue of a Man strangling a Lion the Man points out how strong man is. The Lion replies that if the statue had been made by Lions Man would be under the Lion’s paw.
16.
“The Man and the Serpent”
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
A man takes revenge on a serpent that killed his son by cutting his tail. The serpent takes revenge on the man by killing his cattle. When both are satisfied with their revenge, the man tries to be friends with the serpent, but the serpent cannot forgive the loss of his tail. Moral: Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
17.
“The Mole and His Mother”
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
The Mole, naturally blind from birth, believes he can see with his eyes. His mother provides him with a lesson involving more than his eyesight.
18.
“The Pomegranate, Apple-Tree, and Bramble”
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
Every thing would like to be thought of as greater in the world than it is, and it first thinks itself so.
19.
“The Tree and the Reed”
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
A boastful tree makes fun of a lowly reed but is blown to the ground by a hurricane. The reed is flexible in the wind and survives. Moral: obscurity often brings safety.
20.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
The Blue Fairy Book
by Traditional
An impoverished young man named Aladdin is recruited by a sorcerer to retrieve a lamp from a booby-trapped magic cave. After the sorcerer attempts to double-cross him, Aladdin keeps the lamp for himself, and discovers that it summons a surly djinn that is bound to do the bidding of the person holding the lamp. With the aid of the djinn, Aladdin becomes rich and powerful and marries princess Badroulbadour. The sorcerer returns and is able to get his hands on the lamp by tricking Aladdin’s wife, who is unaware of the lamp’s importance. Aladdin discovers a lesser, polite djinn is summoned by a ring loaned to him by the sorcerer but forgotten during the double-cross. Assisted by the lesser djinn, Aladdin recovers his wife and the lamp.
21.
“Nature’s Violet Children”
Buttercup Gold and Other Stories
by Ellen Robena Field
A short story about violets who were picked from their home in the forest and brought to little girl’s house. With the help of sunlight and a caged canary, the violets thought positively and blossomed.
22.
The Florida Beach
Florida: Essays and Poems
by Constance Fenimore Woolson
The speaker describes and reflects upon the scenery of a Florida beach.
23.
Story 1: "The Little Lost Fox"
Half-Past Seven Stories
by Robert Gordon Anderson
A part of a collection of short stories about three children in the revolutionary times. This story specifically focuses on the children saving a little fox named Reddy from the redcoats.
24.
Momotaro, or the Story of the Son of a Peach
Japanese Fairy Tales
by Yei Theodora Ozaki
An old woman finds a large peach in a river, and when she and her husband cut it open to eat it, they find a child inside. They are overjoyed to now have a son to ease their lonely days. When the boy is fifteen, he goes off to rid the land of devils who live on an island, and takes a dog, a monkey, and a pheasant with him. He is victorious over the devils and returns home to live happily with his parents.
25.
“Ginger and Pickles”
Peter Rabbit and Other Stories
by Beatrix Potter
This book tells the story of shopkeepers Ginger, a tom-cat, and Pickles, a Terrier. They allow their customers credit and are unable to collect enough to pay the bills and subsequently go out of business. Their competition, Tabitha Twitchit, raises her prices once customers are forced to shop there and a few try to compensate by selling some specialized goods with limited success. Eventually, Henny Penny, a hen, reopens the shop.
26.
“The Roly-Poly Pudding”
Peter Rabbit and Other Stories
by Beatrix Potter
The hero is the young Tom Kitten; other main characters are the rat Mr Samuel Whiskers and his wife Anna Maria, who catch Tom Kitten and almost use him to make a roly-poly pudding.
27.
“The Tailor of Gloucester”
Peter Rabbit and Other Stories
by Beatrix Potter
This book tells the story of a poor tailor, his cat, and the mice that live in his shop. He has many scraps of cloth and ribbons left over that are too small for any practical use. The mice take these and make fine clothes for themselves. The tailor sends his cat Simpkin to buy food and a twist of cherry-colored silk for a coat the mayor has commissioned for his wedding. While the cat is gone, he frees the mice from teacups where Simpkin has imprisoned them. When Simpkin returns and finds his mice gone, he hides the twist in anger. When the tailor falls ill, the mice save the day by completing the coat.
28.
“The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck”
Peter Rabbit and Other Stories
by Beatrix Potter
This book tells the story of Jemima Puddle-Duck, introduced in the The Tale of Tom Kitten), who seeks out a nesting place away from the farm. A charming fox (who looks not unlike Mr. Tod talks her into nesting at his house on a mysteriously ample supply of feathers. He sends the naive Jemima out to collect traditional herbs for stuffing a duck, saying it is for an omelette. The farm collie, Kep, hears about this, realizes what the fox is really up to and intervenes.
29.
“The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher”
Peter Rabbit and Other Stories
by Beatrix Potter
This book tells the story of a frog who decides to go fishing for minnows for supper. After several misadventures he gives up and has a dinner of roasted grasshopper and salad with his friends.
30.
“The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle”
Peter Rabbit and Other Stories
by Beatrix Potter
A little girl loses her handkerchiefs and goes on a search for them. She sees some white cloths on the grass high up a hill and climbs up to discover a a little hedgehog washerwoman, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, with her handerchiefs freshly laundered, along with many other interesting articles such as stockings for a hen.
31.
“The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies”
Peter Rabbit and Other Stories
by Beatrix Potter
When Benjamin Bunny and his children, the “Flopsy Bunnies,” go to Mr. McGregor’s rubbish heap, they are pleasantly surprised to find it filled with overgrown lettuces. They eat their fill, and then fall asleep. When they are found by Mr. McGregor and put in a bag, Thomasina Tittlemouse comes to their rescue.
32.
“The Tale of Tom Kitten”
Peter Rabbit and Other Stories
by Beatrix Potter
Three kittens are dressed up for a tea-party and set out to play cleanly, but end up losing their clothes to the ducks, which started with Tom Kitten losing his buttons. Mother cat finds them w/o clothes and sends them upstairs so as not disturb her tea-party, but they keep playing and make noise. The ducks eventually lose the clothes, which fall off for lack of buttons and sink into the pond.
33.
“The Tale of Two Bad Mice”
Peter Rabbit and Other Stories
by Beatrix Potter
While the dolls are away, two curious, naughty mice explore the dolls’ house and steal their furniture.
34.
"Puzzles from Wonderland"
Poems, Puzzles, and Stories of Lewis Carroll
by Lewis Carroll
A collection of seven nonsensical riddles written as poems.
35.
"Solutions to Puzzles from Wonderland"
Poems, Puzzles, and Stories of Lewis Carroll
by Lewis Carroll
A set of seven poems.
36.
When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
Selected American and British Poems
by Walt Whitman
The speaker reacts to hearing the facts and figures of astronomy by escaping to view the night sky alone.
37.
The Tinder-Box
The Yellow Fairy Book
by Andrew Lang
A soldier of unworthy morals becomes king by nefarious means.
38.
“The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse”
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
The Town Mouse visits the Country Mouse. The food was different from what the Town Mouse was used to. He complained and invited the Country Mouse to visit him in the city. During the Country Mouse’s visit he was frightened by his experiences. He decided it was better to eat poorly and be comfortably safe than eat richly and be afraid for one’s life.
39.
“The Wolf and the Lamb”
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
A Wolf looks for an excuse to justify eating a lamb. The lamb wouldn’t give the Wolf satisfaction, so the wolf ate the lamb anyway.
40.
“Motiratika”
The Crimson Fairy Book
by Andrew Lang
A woman is sent by her husband to fetch water and runs into an ogre that threatens to eat her. She offers her magical baby in her place, but the baby is able to outsmart the ogre and he eats the husband (his father) instead. Therefore, justice prevails for the husband ordered her to fetch the water.
41.
“The Rogue and the Herdsman”
The Crimson Fairy Book
by Andrew Lang
A lazy farm boy is able to steal sheep, pigs, and oxen from the greatest herdsman of the king. He is rewarded handsomely for his cleverness.
42.
“Sleeping Beauty”
Fairy Tales and Other Traditional Stories
by Grimm Brothers
An angry fairy casts a spell on a lovely princess. The spell is made less frightening by another fairy. In spite of all efforts to avoid the spell, the princess falls prey to it’s power. The spell can only be broken by the kiss of a handsome prince charming.
43.
The Rat Princess
Stories from Around the World
by Frank Rinder
The Rat King searches for the most powerful being for his daughter to marry and after he searches from the sun to the cloud to the wind, he finds the strongest being is the Grey Rat that the Princess wanted to marry.
44.
The Nightingale
The Yellow Fairy Book
by Andrew Lang
The Emperor learns to appreciate the nightingale.
45.
The Steadfast Tin-Soldier
The Yellow Fairy Book
by Andrew Lang
The life of a one-legged tin soldier and his paper love, a Dancer.
46.
“The Swallow and the Other Birds”
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
A country man sows hemp seeds and a swallow warns the birds to eat all the seeds up, the birds did not take the swallow’s advice and the seeds grew into a net of cords that caught the birds. Moral: destroy evil before it destroys you.
47.
“The Two Crabs”
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
A mother crab was teaching her young one how to walk when he told her to follow her own plan and show him. Why would he say that?
48.
“Lovely Ilonka”
The Crimson Fairy Book
by Andrew Lang
A prince sets out on a quest to find a bride. He searched for and acquired three bulrushes that contained three beautiful maidens, however when he broke the first two he has no water to offer them, so he saves the third until he is near a well. The prince is swindled by the swineherder and is instead married to his daughter rather than the beautiful maiden. The prince is able to claim the crown and when the maiden is discovered by the prince’s servant, she is brought to the castle as a servant and put under the tricks of the new queen. However, the king discovers his true love and has the swineherder and his family executed.
49.
"Tobin's Palm"
The Four Million
by O. Henry
A palmist's predictions come true.
50.
"The Gift of The Magi"
The Four Million
by O. Henry
A couple makes personal sacrifices to give each other gifts for Christmas.
51.
"A Cosmopolite in a Café"
The Four Million
by O. Henry
A tale about world travel.
52.
"Between Rounds"
The Four Million
by O. Henry
An act of kindness interrupts a couple's violent pastime.