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Winnie Finn is crazy about earthworms and knows everything about them. When spring arrives in Quincy County, all she can think about is the county fair coming up. This year, she would like nothing more than to win a prize for her worms so that she might buy a shiny new wagon for transporting them around. Trouble is, there’s no prize at the fair for worms . . .

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Heidi
My 3 year old daughter has recently fallen in love with worms. We have had several rainstorms lately and she is fascinated by the worms that appear once the rain stops. When I saw the book "Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer" on the new arrivals shelf at the library, I took it home. It proved to be a good choice. The illustrations are wonderful. The fictional story contains multiple true life facts about worms and it is the story of a girl who uses her brains and know-how to accomplish something that all...more
Shelli
Great book on worms and worm farming. Fun story!!
paula
Here's one to keep in mind when selection season rolls around, at least IF your school does a soil unit, OR a food webs unit, OR plants a garden on school property somewhere, OR teaches about composting. So, yes, that means YOUR school. Certainly MY schools.

Winnie Finn is a worm aficionado. Knows all the funky facts about worms. Would like broader recognition of her area of expertise. Starts thinking about the county fair. Realizes that, no, you can't pin a blue ribbon on a worm... but she can g...more
Julia Grace
What a cute book. I love that it's about a girl and worms! As a girl who loved nature and was never afraid of bugs, worms, or snakes as a child I love seeing books where girls get along with the squiggly-wigglies and the wigglies themselves are the good guys. In this book they're not only the stars, but they help out the community. It definitely highlighted the way different things in the food and growing system and business are connected too.

The illustrations are adorable and I especially love...more
Katie Spencer
Winnie Fin is seriously crazy about earthworms. She knows all kinds of facts, such as how long they are and how many heads they have. She loves exploring in Quincy County squirmy worms under rocks and on sidewalks. Winnie Fin desperately wants to win a prize and the country fair that is coming up. This year, she would like nothing more than to win a prize for her worms so that she can buy a new shinny wagon for transporting all of them around. The only problem is though, is that there is no priz...more
The Library Lady
I am a worm farmer myself and would have loved this book wholeheartedly and shared it with my 10 year old daughter and fellow worm enthusiast.
But I won't.

What is going on with book editors and Asian stereotypes? First I read a book by Rachel Isadora, one of my favorite authors, and she pictures Chinese Americans with slant eyes like something in "The Five Chinese Brothers", and now this book offers us "Mrs Yamasaki O'Sheridan", who goes around on a modern American farm dressed up in a kimona and...more
Amanda
This is a great book and is another that bridges the gap between fiction and non easily and well. Winnie likes worms, but there isn't a Best Worm Award at the county fair, so she helps out other people who are able to compete at the fair with her amazing knowledge and care of her worms. A great read for kids who like to know how things work ie making soil more fertile, making hens better egg layers, making dogs' coats shiny. Also a good lesson in cooperation, helping your neighbors and sharing i...more
Samantha
Chickadee Nominee 2010-2011

While I am not very fond of earthworms myself (in the sense that I quite fine not touching them, thank you, but very grateful for the work they do in the soil) this book made it easy for me to identify with Winnie Finn, who does. I liked her creative way of getting involved in the fair, since it doesn't have an earthworm category. I did find it a little strange, however, that Mrs. Yamasaki-O'Sheridan was in stereotypical clothing that was a little off-putting.
Marie
Winnie Finn thinks outside the box! This is the story of how a clever kid who loves worms makes her "fortune" by helping those who scoff at her. As everyone tries to go more green, kids can learn how important worms are. An afterward gives clear instruction on how to create your own worm farm, a project that even young children can handle, with a little supervision.
Bethany
This book explores a girl who isn't afraid of getting dirty and playing with worms which is what most elementary students would love to do. It talks about how she has to be creative and use her imagination in order to submit an exhibit at the fair. I think this is a great way to let kids read about things they are interested in.
Trent Reedy
"Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer" is a brilliantly funny story with plenty of great information about worms. The author Carol Brendler know just about everything there is to know about worms, and she often does the most amazing school visits, putting on quite a show for the young children.
Beth
Winnie Finn enjoys her worms and helps all the farm show hopefuls with her worms and has no plans of stopping. Children also learn some curious facts about worms including that they have five hearts and the largest earthworm is longer than ten feet in length.
Molly
I love the new crop of books popping up featuring composting, worms,and more. This one is really cute, and maybe you could get your kids interested in starting a worm farm- it could really help your garden!
Natalie
I have to agree with another reviewer, sure the story is fine, it features a clever girl who digs worms- but why is the Japanese neighbor dressed like a geisha?
Kris
Not being a huge worm fan, I was surprised at how much I liked this book! Cool information in a good story - the best way to learn stuff, in my opinion.
Jenn
Cute story--my favorite part is the appendix with information about starting your own worm farm. Going to try it!
Grace
A fun way for children to learn about composting with worms. Enhanced by terrific illustrations.
Carol
Dec 25, 2009 Carol rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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Well, I wrote this book, but I do have a fondness for it beyond measure.
Krish
Great book for predictions. Cool science connections for soil.
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Carol is the author of WINNIE FINN, WORM FARMER, a picture book illustrated by Ard Hoyt (FSG) and RADIO GIRL, an upper-middle grade (or YA) novel about a girl caught in the middle of the 1938 "War of the Worlds" panic broadcast, Holiday House, 2013. NOT VERY SCARY, a picture book illustrated by Greg Pizzoli is slated for release in August, 2014 (FSG), and another picture book is forthcoming from C...more
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