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Yucky Worms: Read and Wonder Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-21 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 28 user ratings
ISBN:0763658170
LANGUAGE:English

" A grandma in the garden introduces her grandson to the wondrous ways of the worm. Cool worm facts with elucidating illustrations! Close-ups of worm guts plus cut-aways of their garden home! Icky and awesome wormitude! Helpful worm vocabulary! Is it true you can cut a worm in half and both ends survive? How many hearts does a worm have? How does a worm sense danger? Find out here and prepare to impress all your friends. " said.

" If someone want to become a wormologist, this is the book to read, for both young children and adults. The author uses a fictional story with a grandson visiting his grandmother and working in the garden. The grandmother shows and tells all about worms, and there are a number of pages with extra information, including more at the back of the book. Entertaining illustrations show off the worm info too. It’s a cute, informative book that explores underground worm life simply and well. " said.

" This was a very interesting book. I knew very little about worms and I was probably peddling some misinformation about them up to now. I didn't know that they had no eyes and five pairs of hearts I remember being told that a worm that was cut in half could survive and believing it. Now I know the truth. Like Nicola Davies, Vivian French writes a great running subtext that informs the reader about worms while simultaneously telling a frienddly narrative. A great read for anyone. " said.

" Compared with other nonfiction titles for a young audience, this one is very good. It's a story about a boy and his grandmother working in the garden and taking time to look at worms and worm behavior. The info is age appropriate and encourages kids to observe and experiment while respecting worms as living organisms. There's additional information on just about every page for interested readers. " said.

"I really like this book! Along with the dialog of the story, there are many scientific facts/ information about worms in the margins of the book. It is great for getting children interests in worms and the process of gardening. Has information about "How to be a Wormologist" in the back of the book for exploration activities.
Great book to have in the classroom library.

Author: Vivian French
Title: Yucky Worms
Illustrator: Jessica Ahlberg
Publisher: Candlewick
Date: March 21, 2013
Genre: Realistic Fiction
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"A boy is helping his grandmother in her garden when she tries to show him a worm. He is afraid of them and tells her to get rid of it. She quickly gives him a lesson on the truth about worms. This book is a mixture of narrative and nonfiction which makes the facts easier to read through. The end has an index for children who want to look back for something specific and there is also a section with ways that children can take what they've learned to their own garden. Nicely illustrated and face-paced, French also gives the worms their own personalities which only add to the approachable message. " said.

"Worms are yucky, slimy and gross. Aren't they? In this interesting and informative book, a young boy is working in the garden with his grandmother. Finding a worm, he tells her to throw it away. She responds by telling him of all the ways worms benefit the soil and the plants growing in it. Body parts, aeration, worm poop and more are covered in a conversational tone, matching the soft, cheerful pencil and gouache illustrations. Worms interject their own dialogue in speech bubbles throughout, adding a touch of humour.

A two page spread at the back of the book includes information on how to be a 'Wormologist" A great book for crawling bug or plant science units. K-4
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"French, Vivian., Ahlberg, Jessica. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2010. Nonfiction.

Vivian French takes a subject that is often seen as yucky and gross (worms!) and presents it in a way that is interesting and engaging. This subject is presented through a story of a boy and his grandma working in a garden. At first the boy is disgusted at finding worms, but not after his grandma explains how important they are and all the amazing things they accomplish!! The illustrations are great in this book, but it is the creative way that the author gives facts about worms that really makes this a top quality book for children.
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