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Flying Fish

From Child-Story Readers: Wonder Stories
      3, by Frank N. Freeman, Grace E. Storm,
        Eleanor M. Johnson, & W. C. French.
    Illustrated by Vera Stone Norman. New York:
    Lyons and Carnahan, 1927, 323-324

Directions:
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase. 
2. Underline verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements ("PA," "PN," "IO," or "DO").

1.     Certain fishes can fly. You have thought that birds and insects

are the only animals able to fly. Flying fishes live in the ocean. They

swim near the surface of the water in large schools or companies.

2.      Sometimes in sport, sometimes to escape some enemy, they 

spring out of the water, spread their fins and fly, skip, or sail through

the air. The flight of a flying fish ends in a fall with a splash.

3.     When these fish are in the air, they look like large dragon flies. 

They are blue on top and silvery underneath. When a ship is passing

through a school of them they spring up into the air as grasshoppers

in a meadow. You can hear the humming of their long fins which

are set like the wings of an airplane. They often fly across the deck

of a ship and the sailors catch them with their caps.

4.     A flying fish has four fins coming out of its shoulders. These

fins look very strong and are almost as long as the fish.

5.     Flying fishes lay their eggs in the sea. The young fish which

are not bigger than grasshoppers, live in the seaweed and dart up

and down the walks of the sea gardens. They live on small animals 

and smaller fish of the sea.

6.     Flying fishes have many enemies such as sharks, whales, and

other large fish. In order to escape these foes they have developed

the power to leave the water and sail for a short distance through

the air. It seems strange to think of a fish flying, but this is one of 

the many ways Nature provides for the protection of her creatures.