Little Squeegy Bug (The Little Squeegy Bug)

ittle squeegy bug  bill martin jr

Originally published in 1946, a classic tale, filled with vibrant illustrations, follows a little squeegy bug, who is small and plain, as he makes a special place for himself among the sun, moon, and stars.---from the publisher

40 pages                          978-1890817909                     Ages 4-7

Keywords:  bugs and insects, size, finding yourself, identity, persistence, purpose, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, Character Building Curriculum

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Other reviews:

"A very old-fashioned story (first self-published by Martin in 1945) gets modern yet retro treatment in this snazzy book. A nondescript squeegy bug meets Buzzer the Bumblebee and says, "I'd like to be a bumblebee and carry a stinger in my tail, too." Buzzer tells him he first has to "-climb to the sky" to get silver wings. Squeegy climbs to the top of a cattail, meets a helpful caterpillar and, when he meets Haunchy the Spider, gets his wings-and something better than a stinger for his tail. Like Munro Leaf's The Story of Ferdinand (Viking, 1936) and many other classics, this story has a definite message. It's about nonviolence, persistence, and the importance of having an identity and a purpose. But the didacticism probably won't get in the way of children's enjoyment....  ---from Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, School Library Journal

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