John loved gardening, even as a child. He was always planting something here, something there, and something everywhere. John was only nine years old, but he was skilled at handling the shovel, hoe, and a soil tiller. For his birthday, John’s father bought him a box of seeds. John could not have received a better gift. His mother gave him a box of gardening gloves. John was equally excited about this gift as well. This year, John created a vegetable garden in his backyard. He used a fork to loosen the soil. He used a shovel to create drains between the garden beds, and he used boards to box off the garden beds. Within a few months, John created a thriving garden that produced loads of vegetables.
Rewrite the paragraph above, replacing the words or phrases in bold with a suitable word or phrase from the lists below.
Box: pack, small package, sachet, container, carton, envelope, packet
Received: been given, been the recipient of, accepted, collected, taken delivery of, obtained, been granted, been offered, gotten, been accorded with
Better: superior, greater, higher, finer, better-quality, more appropriate, more suitable, more fitting, more proper, more pertinent
Excited: keyed up, eager, thrilled, animated, energized, wound up, enthusiastic, sparkling, spirited, ecstatic, overjoyed, elated, tickled
About: concerning, regarding, in relation to, by, with