Personal Narrative (fiction), 350 words, Level J (Grade 1), Lexile 400L
Darby's Birthday Party is about a dog named Darby who is going to be 15 years old. His human friends, Mia and Mike, decide to have a special birthday party for Darby, but they are not sure where it should take place. They consider many locations and finally settle on a place that is Darby's favorite--the zoo.
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