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My name is Squirt. I grew up in a family with 88 brothers and sisters. You may think that's a lot but, you see, I am a stinkbug and stinkbugs have very large families!
I was very colorful so I stuck out when my mom was looking for help with the chores.
"Hey you, the bright-colored one. I could use a little help washing the dishes."
As much as I loved my mom and as much as I liked to help, I really wanted to see the world. So when I was two weeks old I left home.
I quickly found out that being on my own was not much fun. Nobody wanted to hire a stinkbug!
The very next day my luck changed for the better. I was sitting in a little ice cream shop sipping on a strawberry milkshake. I was thinking about giving up and going back home, when the cutest little pink frog I ever saw hopped in and plopped down on a stool next to mine. "My name is Darby!" she croaked. We instantly became friends and when she told me she had always loved stinkbugs, I cheered!
Darby and I had a GREAT summer, but I was not looking forward to starting first grade.
The first day of school arrived, and I stood trembling on the school steps.
"What if nobody likes me?" I thought. I could feel my heart pounding. And worse, "What if someone steps on me?!"
I knew I would be the smallest kid in my whole school. My knees shook.(Continues…)
Excerpted from "Squirt Saves the Day"
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