Classic (fiction), 2,909 words, Level Z1 (Grade 5+), Lexile 1060L
The approach of the fall migration has animals all along the riverbank preparing to leave for the winter. The field mice are too busy to entertain the idea of a picnic with Rat, and the swallows are looking forward to a change of scene in warmer climes. Rat, who stays put all winter, is annoyed and made restless by all these changes. He goes off to think and meets a seafaring rat. The sea rat begins to tell his story, and Rat wonders what sort of life he might have beyond the borders of his chosen world.
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