Practice Reading Passage
ALEXANDER, WHO USED TO BE RICH LAST SUNDAY
by Judith Viorst
It isn’t fair that my brother Anthony has two dollars and three quarters
13 and one dime and seven nickels and eighteen pennies.
22 It isn’t fair that my brother Nicholas has one dollar and two quarters
35 and five dimes and five nickels and thirteen pennies.
44 It isn’t fair because what I’ve got is . . . bus tokens.
54 And most of the time what I’ve mostly got is . . . bus tokens.
66 And even when I’m very rich, I know that pretty soon what I’ll have
80 is . . . bus tokens.
83 I know because I used to be rich. Last Sunday.
93 Last Sunday Grandma Betty and Grandpa Louie came to visit from
104 New Jersey. They brought lox because my father likes to eat lox. They
117 brought plants because my mother likes to grow plants.
126 They brought a dollar for me and a dollar for Nick and a dollar for
141 Anthony because – Mom says it isn’t nice to say this – we like money.
154 A lot. Especially me.
158 My father told me to put the dollar away to pay for college.
171 He was kidding.
174 Anthony told me to use the dollar to go downtown to a store and buy
189 a new face. Anthony stinks.
194 Nicky said to take the dollar and bury it in the garden and in a week a
211 dollar tree would grow. Ha ha ha.
218 Mom said if I really want to buy a walkie-talkie, save my money.
232 Saving money is hard.
236 Because last Sunday, when I used to be rich, I went to Pearson’s Drug
250 Store and got bubble gum. And after the gum stopped tasting good, I got
264 more gum. And after that gum stopped tasting good, I got more gum.
277 And even though I told my friend David I’d sell him all the gum in my
293 mouth for a nickel, he still wouldn’t buy it.
302 Good-bye fifteen cents.
Volume 3 Book 2
Reproduced with permission from SRA Open Court
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