13. "Look! There’s a jukebox!"

woman at jukebox


"Look! There’s a jukebox!" said Donna. She got up from the restaurant table she was sitting at with her friends and went over to take a look at a large, old jukebox from the 1950s. Inside the wooden cabinet she could see a stack of 45 rpm vinyl records. Surrounding the front of the jukebox were orange and yellow lights.

Donna’s friend, Bill, suddenly became interested. "Does it work?" he asked.

"Well, there’s only one way to find out." said Donna. "Do you have any change? It looks like it takes quarters."

Bill reached into his pocket for some change and pulled out a quarter. He put the coin into the slot that said, "Quarters only." They could hear it drop down into the machine.

"We get two songs for a quarter. I’ll pick one and you can pick one. What do you want to hear? asked Bill.

"Is Elvis Presley on here?" Donna looked through the list of songs and said, "Elvis Presley. ‘Love Me Tender’."

"Okay," said Bill. "And I want to hear ‘Satisfaction’ by the Rolling Stones."

Bill pushed the buttons for each song. They could hear some kind of movement inside the machine, and soon "Love Me Tender" was playing inside the restaurant. Everyone was happy with this choice.

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Now you try it. Read the paragraph above. If you have a microphone, you can record your voice.


How much do you remember from the reading? Fill in the blanks.  

  • 1A: What kind of a machine did Donna find?
  • 1B: She found a _____________.
  • 2A: What does it do?
  • 2B: It _________ music.
  • 3A: How much money did Bill put into the machine?
  • 3B: _______ put in twenty-five cents.
  • 4A: How many songs did they choose?
  • 4B: They chose ________ songs.
  • 5A: What song did Donna choose?
  • 5B: She chose ____________.

(1. jukebox; 2. plays; 3. He; 4. two; 5." Love Me Tender")

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