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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Stubby the Squid’s Undersea Adventure by Will Gorham is a delightful story with a good message for young readers. Stubby the squid is kind of lost and he wants to get home. Chocolate Chip, the starfish, has never seen a purple squid before and Stubby tells him that there was a huge earthquake and it must have brought him here. Chocolate Chip is also there because of an earthquake. He used to live off the coast of Japan prior to this. Chip is ready to take Squid around the place but Squid is embarrassed because he is too short for a squid, and too purple. Stubby wants to go back home but slowly he starts enjoying Chip's company and meeting new people.
This story is all about adjustment, acceptance, and making new friends. It is heartwarming to see Stubby slowly get rid of his fears of getting eaten, and start enjoying his time with Chip. Children often find it difficult initially to adjust when they are in new surroundings and they always want to go back to their comfort zone. The story of Stubby will encourage them and make them more confident when it comes to meeting new people, irrespective of their shortcomings. The story is short and sweet but the message is profound and inspiring. It is a good book for storytelling sessions at home and at school as it will assist parents and educators to help children understand about acceptance and making new friends wherever they go.