This collection of passages for Grade 5 provides students with close reading practice. There are many wonderful stories for children that were written long ago, but continue to be treasured today, because of their great characters, interesting problems, and beautiful writing. You will meet three of these characters in the excerpts in this book, two young girls and a very special stuffed rabbit. Do their problems seem worlds away, or could they happen to you in our modern world? Why have generations of young readers cherished these stories? Read these excerpts to find out. Also included are places to pause and reflect on the text and opportunities to respond to the reading.