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Yucky Worms: Read and Wonder Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-02 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 28 user ratings
ISBN:0763658170
LANGUAGE:English

"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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"Genre: Concept Book

2011 Notable Children's Book

Yucky Worms is a great concept book giving you information on how earthworms help our soil and gardens. A young boy is helping his grandmother in the garden and she digs up a slimy, wiggly worm; he states "YUCK" throw it away. She then proceeds to give him information on how worms help our soil and gardens by digging tunnels to help with root growth and how the worm poop helps fertilize the soil. I found this book quite fun and interesting. I even learned a few things myself about the goodness of earthworms. Jessica adds a littler humor to her illustrations by letting the worms say things like "oh I'm cozy and warm now" or even talking among themselves "you keeping up back there." as they wiggle through their tunnels. The illustrations are light-hearted and fun, as they add a since of Science to each of them.

Age appropriate for 1st to 3rd grades. I can also see upper elementary enjoying this book as well.

You could use this book in Science when talking about the parts of a plant or how to grow a plant; letting children know that earthworms are an important part of growing a garden and the lifecycle of a plant.
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"1. Picture book/Concept
2. While spending time with Grandma a young boy becomes curious as to the bug known as the worm. Instead of running away from the yucky creature he learns all there is to know about worms. Finding more friends then he ever did have.
3. a: This book was great a separating the book into a story as well as providing information on the pages. It didn't become overwhelming for the reader to read the story and learn the important facts about the worm. The font was also in a brown making it look like dirt. All of the facts were placed in a bold font. The worms also have talk bubbles that show the various facts and comments.
b: Being that this book is geared towards young readers the concept of telling a story about how worms are slimy and "yucky" is completely relatable. "One day when I was in Grandma's garden, Grandma dug up a slimy, slithery, wiggly worm." "Yuck!" I said. "Throw it away!" This is something that the students are able to hear themselves saying. The story continues with the grandma and grandson. The other words on the pages are fact or diagrams. "In most backyards there will be about fifteen worms in every square yard of soil". This fact is in bold and in a easy font to rea. The simplicity of the pictures go along with the text allowing for a clear understanding.
c: One of my favorite aspects of the book are the worms and their talk bubbles. On pages 10-11 the worms are talking to the reader saying comments such as, "Mmmm, Moldy" "Dirt is good for you" "Yuck! Can't eat this." "Nice and rotten. Just how I like it" and "zzzz" The worms add the idea of being a friend and not just a yucky creature.
4. In the back of this book are various hands on activities that the reader can do, pages 28-29. I would love to borrow all of the ideas and create a science experiment. Have the class spend time looking for worms outside. If it has not rained then water a patch of dirt and see if the worms come out of the ground. Pick them up and feel them (carefully of course). Observe how a worm moves, count how many come up from a patch of dirt. There could be many more questions and activities that could be done. This would be a really fun experiment that the students could partake in.
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