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Solvethis puzzleby placingthe pointof your pencilon dot number 1 and drawinga line to dot number2. Then draw anotherlineto dot number3 and so on, untilyou have connectedall the dots.After you have done this, you may use your crayonsto color this surprisepicture.

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Other titles in this series the 1. Dividing Mango 2 . Will MeenaLeaveSchool? 3 . Who's Afraid of the Bully? 4 . Savinga Life ThreeWishes Meena's o. Say No to Dowry to 7 . TooYoung Marry B . TakeCare of Girls 9. I Love School 1 0 . It's Got to Be a Boy! 1 1 . Meenain the City 1 2 . A Girl'sStory

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