Yucky Worms: Read and Wonder Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-19 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 28 user ratings

" 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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"A young boy helping his grandmother in her garden learns that worms aren't yucky and useless as he originally believes---but instead move the earth to the benefit of plants, naturally fertilizing them and allowing for air and water to access their roots. This is a great book for older preschool and early elementary--allowing an excellent opportunity to build upon or add to a lesson on worms/dirt/flowers, etc. Includes activities/experiments/index. This book was an absolute hit with both my pre-K and 1st grade daughters---and appealing not only to boys adds to the strength of this title for potential class sharing. If used in storytime, sidebars and "worm talk" will need to be skillfully worked into the telling of the story or in some cases, avoided." said.

"Yucky Worms

This picture book is a lot of fun to read and tells the story of a boy who is spending time with his Grandmother in the garden. When he comes across a disgusting, or what he sees as disgusting, worm. However, his grandmother explains to him what worms do and why he should feel disgusted with them.

This book would be great to read aloud to children in the 1 to 2 grade for the pictures and the funny ways they present the information.

The book contains a lot of information about worms: their biology, what they do and how to find them. It address common misconceptions, such as if you cut a worm in half it makes two worms. It explains that when you do this you have two pieces of worm that is now dead. It contains a lot of information that is fun and funny to boot.

I would use this in science class when we are discussing invertebrates or even on what is in nature itself.

French, V., & Ahlberg, J. (2010). Yucky worms. Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press.
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"Ah, the lowly earthworm. Who knew you were so interesting?

Yucky Worms is pretty well put together! There are lots of interesting facts about earthworms in here; their anatomy is explored, as is their benefit to our gardens and to the soil in general. Also covered is their diet, and what animals include them in their diets. This book really encourages children to get down in the dirt and really (respectfully) examine worms (which my niece and nephew attempted to do immediately after we finished this book, but unfortunately, no worms offered themselves up for scientific examination).

The kids also found this book to be quite funny. There are all kinds of funny things that the worms in this book "say," and worm poop is discussed on several pages, so you know, kids are going to find that to be remarkably hilarious. The funniest part of this book, though, was when Grandma was telling her grandson at length about what creatures eat worms, and then she says, "Ok, it's snack time!" Her timing really made us wonder what Grandma was planning on serving up! DON'T EAT THE COOKIES!!
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