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Author: Vivian French

Illustrator: Jessica Ahlberg

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Publisher: Candlewick Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: You'll discover all sorts of fascinating things about the lives of earthworms in this humorous picture book. Besides learning where these lowly creatures live you'll find out how they move, what they eat and why gardeners love them. This is a picture book story that offers factual information aobut earthworms.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2

Age of Child: Read by children 7 and 8 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: This book was a hit with a friend of mine, an elementary school librarian, who suggested this book to some students. The kids loved it.

Adult Reader Reaction: The information on earthworms is excellent and the art work is very good. This clever volume will totally change how you look upon earthworms. In fact, you may not even use the word "yucky" anymore to describe them!

Pros: This book is both funny and informative. Yes, worms may appear to be "yucky" but they are also very important and serve a real purpose.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow first and then decide if you want to buy it. This is a must buy for school libraries, though.

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Educational Themes: This is a book that will prompt you to head outside! There is plenty to explore about worms, gardening, and natural history.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, nature, animal characters, ecology

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2010

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