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Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  95 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
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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Aug 25, 2010 Heidi rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 26, 2015 Josie rated it really liked it
I had fun reading Winnie the Worm Farmer. The main character, Winnie is a character with passion and uses others to help her achieve her goal. I like how she incorporated everyone in on her plan because we all know that its hard to do things on our own. The purpose of this read aloud would be to teach children ages k-3rd that we sometimes need to rely on others and teamwork is the best way. It has some information about earthworms in the beginning of the book that would be good to point out for ...more
Sep 24, 2009 Shelli rated it it was amazing
Great book on worms and worm farming. Fun story!!
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
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
Katie Spencer
Nov 04, 2012 Katie Spencer rated it liked it
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
Jeanette Smith
Mar 07, 2016 Jeanette Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edrd-314
I loved this book and the illustrations. Could not stop laughing at the sight of Winnie holding up a worm with such joy on her face or of her walking with a worm in her little wagon. I thought this book was good in showing that even girls like really gross things. It brought back many happy childhood memories of when I would go out with a flashlight and search for night crawlers. Winnie Finn is a delightful character and also a very ingenious little girl.
Aug 03, 2014 Naomi rated it liked it
While this book was cute and I love the go get 'em, problem resolution of the story; however, it didn't capture my attention. It was cute, but I have def. read better with those lessons. The illustrations really failed to stand out to me, as well.
The Library Lady
Oct 10, 2009 The Library Lady rated it liked it
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
Sep 12, 2014 Kristina rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd-314
I LOVED the pictures in this book. I know I have seen similar story lines in other books and movies and I loved it. Classic.
Jul 06, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it
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
Sep 24, 2010 Samantha rated it liked it
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.
Feb 22, 2015 Vj rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I think I might start my own worm farm.
Oct 26, 2009 Marie rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 17, 2012 Bethany rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 07, 2011 Trent Reedy rated it it was amazing
"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.
Apr 29, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
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.
Apr 21, 2010 Molly rated it really liked it
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!
Oct 22, 2009 Natalie rated it liked it
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?
Sep 21, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 07, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it
Cute story--my favorite part is the appendix with information about starting your own worm farm. Going to try it!
Oct 06, 2010 Grace rated it really liked it
A fun way for children to learn about composting with worms. Enhanced by terrific illustrations.
Dec 25, 2009 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: picturebooks
Well, I wrote this book, but I do have a fondness for it beyond measure.
Feb 19, 2011 Krish rated it it was amazing
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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