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S: Carl the Carrot's First Day of School

FC: Carl the Carrot's First Day of School | Written By Ben Whitby

3: Carl the Carrot's First Day of School Written By Ben Whitby Copyright 2011

4: “Carl! Time to start getting ready for your first day of 2nd grade at Produce School!” yelled Carl’s mom from the kitchen. The smell of waffles drifted into his room, making his mouth water.

5: Carl grabbed his backpack and ran down the stairs two at a time.

6: “Good morning my little carrot,” Carl’s mom said. “Are you excited for school?” she asked as the two carrots sat down for breakfast.

7: “Yea, but I’m a little scared,” Carl replied nervously. “That’s normal. I’m sure you’ll be fine,” she said.

8: When the time to walk to the bus stop arrived, Carl picked up his backpack and said, “Bye Mom!” “Bye! Have a good day!” she called back to him from the kitchen.

9: Carl walked up the road to his bus stop and waited for the bus. When it pulled up in front of him, he got on excitedly and took a seat.

10: When the bus pulled into Produce School’s parking lot, Carl the Carrot hopped off the bus and started for the large, brick school. A tall banana with a name tag that read ‘Betsy the Banana’ asked, “Hello there, can I point you to your room?”

11: “That would be great,” Carl said. Betsy led him to a bright orange room with a teacher sitting behind a desk. A name plate on the desk read ‘Oswald the Orange’.

12: “Good morning! Welcome to my class! You will be sitting in this desk right here,” Oswald pointed to a desk in the second row. Carl walked over to the desk and sat down.

13: Most of the school morning was boring. The kids got their new school books, learned the classroom rules, and played get-to-know-you games.

14: Some of Carl's classmates’ names were Sam the Strawberry, Anna the Apple, and Larry the Lemon. He noticed that all of the kids in his class were fruits, while he was a vegetable. This made Carl a little worried that he might not make a friend. He decided not to worry about it.

15: At noon, Oswald the Orange said, “Class, time to line up at the door for lunch!” The kids scrambled to get first in line. Carl ended up at the end of the line.

16: As the class walked into the lunch room, some kids went to sit with their friends from the neighborhood. Carl didn’t have any friends so he sat at the back table by himself. One of the kids in his class, Bob the Blueberry, was sitting at the table in front of him.

17: “Hey carrot! Why don’t you have any friends to sit with?” he asked Carl mockingly. “Is it because you’re a vegetable?” The other kids at Bob’s table laughed. Carl remembered earlier when he noticed that he was the only vegetable in his class. He decided to ignore Bob.

18: When lunch ended, Carl once again ended up at the end of the line. As his class walked back to their classroom, Bob the Blueberry whispered to Larry the Lemon. Larry looked back at Carl and giggled. Carl once again ignored Bob.

19: The rest of the day was boring, just like the morning had been. The kids played more get-to-know-you games and had silent reading time. At the end of the day, Carl noticed Sam the Strawberry and Anna the Apple talking to the teacher, Oswald the Orange. He wondered what it was about.

20: When it was time to get on the buses to go home, Carl took his usual spot at the end of the line. His class walked outside and friends said goodbye to each other as they got onto their buses. Carl didn’t have any friends to say goodbye to. He got on to his bus sadly.

21: Halfway home, Carl looked at the seat next to his and saw Sam the Strawberry and Anna the Apple. They both had sad looks on their faces, just like him. “Why do you guys look sad? he asked, confused.

22: “We’re sad because you are,” Sam replied. “We noticed that Bob the Blueberry was picking on you,” Anna added. “We talked to Oswald and he said that we should become friends with you.” “No, you don’t have to,” Carl said, even though he really wished that he had a friend.

23: “Well we are going to be your friends anyway,” Sam said. “So now that the three of us are friends, we should get to know each other more. Can you do any cool tricks?” “Actually, I can. I’ll show you when we get off the bus.” Carl said, his day finally getting better. As the bus pulled up to Carl, Sam, and Anna’s bus stop, the three friends grabbed their backpacks and got off the bus.

24: “So, what’s your trick?” Sam and Anna both asked at the same time. “I,” Carl started, putting down his backpack, “Can do a frontflip.” He ran forward, flipped forwards, and landed on both feet. “Whoa, that was awesome!” Sam and Anna shouted.

25: “Thanks,” Carl replied. He picked up his backpack and started to walk home. Then he turned around and said goodbye to his new friends, knowing that tomorrow would be a better day at school.

27: About the Author Ben Whitby, the stunningly handsome thirteen year old, currently lives in Wescosville, PA, where he attends Lower Macungie Middle School. His family members include mom, dad, brother, sister, and a killer cat named Pumpkin. Some of Ben's hobbies include driving his parents up the wall by playing the drum set, and terrorizing his siblings.

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