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Yucky Worms

by Vivian French
Illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg

Published by Candlewick Press, 2010
28 pages
ISBN: 978𢠩63644468

Ages 4 - 8

When a child and his grandma dig up a worm while gardening, the boy抯 first instinct is to throw it away. 慣hrow it away? Grandma looked horrified. 慦ould you throw away one of your friends? When he replies that it抯 hard to befriend a creature when you 揷an抰 even tell which end is which, Grandma seizes the moment to deliver a lesson on the value of earthworms. In a conversational style, she explains worms physiology, diets, function as soil aerators and fertilizers, and the dangers they face from predators. She dispels a myth (bisected worms don抰 turn into two worms) and demonstrates how to bring worms to the surface with a simulated rainfall. By the time they move on to the next gardening chore, Grandma has cultivated a newfound respect for worms in her grandson. The pencil and gouache art both illustrates and amplifies the text, with cross-sections offering a worm抯-eye view, while informational tidbits and dialogue bubbles embellish the main storyline.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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