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"Samuel took the ax and placed it beside the door. As Willy turned to leave, Samuel stretched out his arm. Willy stopped and slowly lifted his hand to meet Samuel's.

"I hope we can do this again sometime," Samuel said as the two boys shook firmly. Willy nodded "Me too."

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"Bright noon sunlight filtered down through the tree tops. Everyone was hungry and ready for a rest. Father pulled out the lunch basket, offering sandwiches to Mr. Madden and Willy first. Willy hesitated, but his father said, "Go on, Willy. Mrs. Shank made them for you."

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"Once they turned off the main road, brush and branches smacked the side of the wagon as it bumped along the little-used path. In the distance Samuel spotted two people sawing logs from a fallen tree. The man was as tall as Father, but there was also a boy about Samuel's own height."

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"Last week I walked to Grandpa Shank's woods and marked old and fallen trees that we can gather. When I was in town yesterday, I arranged with a man to meet us there tomorrow to help take down trees. You'll come too and strip the limbs off the fallen trunks with your hatchet."