My name is Shelby, and I’m shy.
When I’m at the grocery store, people say, “Hello,” and “How old are you?” Even though I’m six years old, my face gets hot.
Mom says, “She’s shy.” That makes me feel worse.
At Vinnie’s Diner, the waiter says, “What’s your name?” I just stare at my plate.
Dad says, “It’s OK, you don’t have to be so shy!”
But I am.
And at birthday parties, kids shout, “Come play Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Shelby!” I just shake my head.
The other parents say, “She doesn’t want to play right now.”
But I really do like to play. Everybody always talks about how shy I am, but there are other things to know about me. Today I swam a whole lap without stopping. And last week I beat Kyle in a race around the track. Kyle’s the fastest boy in my class!
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Shelby The Shy
My name is Shelby, and I’m shy.
After he ate his breakfast of hay and oats, Willie the donkey had nothing to do. He galloped across his small pasture and rolled in the dirt. “Ah-choo!” The dirt made Willie sneeze. So he looked around for something better to do.
Cardboard boxes, tape and string— stick them all together and you have a new thing:
Max And Kate
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Iris Loves To Swing
Iris loves to swing.
A Castle Around The Corner
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With a grownup, cut out boats along the solid lines.
Little Turtle's Toy Boat
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The salty breeze sneaks through the open porthole and tickles my cheek.
Where's The Rain?
“I’m hot,” said a bee, buzzing slowly by a tree.
Ruth Ozeki, Amplifier
Her latest novel teems with voices—most of them belonging to what she might call “nonhuman persons.” The book of form and emptiness is out September 21.
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The couple simply couldn’t wait to officially become husband and wife.
Biden's Benghazi Moment
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The Old Smock Mill
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BENNIFER'S BACKYARD BLOWOUT!
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Be Our Guest
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Upgrade Your Problems
I spent all my money buying my first flat—which meant I had no money to fix my first homeowner’s problem. This was 2007, and I was a broke 20-something who’d pushed himself to the limit. I was sleeping on an air mattress because I couldn’t afford furniture. Boxes were everywhere. Then I noticed a leaky pipe under the bath, which created a soggy puddle. I couldn’t afford a plumber but didn’t want to introduce myself to the neighbors by crashing through their wet ceiling.