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Yucky Worms (Read and Wonder)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  409 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
Here’s to nature’s recyclers! Kids will burrow right into this book about the industrious — and danger-filled — life of the delightfully yucky earthworm.

Who would want to be friends with a wiggly, slimy worm? You can’t even tell which end is which! But there’s more to these lowly creatures than meets the eye. Kids are invited to find out where worms live, see how they move
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Candlewick Press
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Dolores Colarosa
Jun 24, 2010 Dolores Colarosa rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! It worked really nicely with our library's outdoor gardening program for K-2 kids and taught them a lot of things they didn't know about worms such as how worms have five pairs of hearts and how they move through the dirt. A great read-aloud too which great descriptions and diagrams of worms and what they can, and can't, do.
Eva Leger
Dec 09, 2010 Eva Leger rated it really liked it
Shelves: julias-books
Yucky Worms is a lot of fun to read. According to Julia it's a lot of fun to listen to as well. In the story a grandmother finds a worm in her garden and shows it to her grandson. Instead of listening to her grandson she begins to teach him about these creatures.
There are a lot of little facts thrown in that inquisitive, "teaching" children will relish. A full body diagram of a worm is also included in the beginning with not only the outside but the inside of a worms body as well.
Along the way
Aug 17, 2010 Tasha rated it really liked it
A young boy was in his grandmother’s garden when she found a worm. He is disgusted by it, but his grandmother insists that he should be friends with worms. She then returned the worm to the ground to demonstrate which end of the worm was which. The book goes on to discuss in the grandmother’s voice different aspects of worms, what they eat, how they survive the winter, what worm castings are, and how they help the plants in the garden. The illustrations are light-hearted but can quickly become s ...more
Jonathan Roberts
Jun 07, 2012 Jonathan Roberts rated it it was amazing
Yucky Worms
By Vivian French
Illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg
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. He is disgusted when he comes across a worm but the grandmother explains why he ought not be disgusted, telling him all about the crucial work a worm does.
This book would be great to read aloud to a key stage 1 class of children particularly before a field trip or during a mini-beasts topic. It contains a lot of i
Mar 03, 2015 M.cholewick rated it it was ok
Yucky Worms is a story about a little boy learning about worms in his grandmother's garden. Initially, a worm his grandmother finds disgusts the boy, but when given all the fascinating facts about worms and their impact on the environment, the little boy embraces worms as his "friends".

I think that Yucky Worms is a great book for both children who are interested in creatures, and for students who want to learn more about worms. Given this, I would say that Yucky Worms is both a picture book and
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This book really surprised me. I expected it to be an ordinary story about being afraid of worms, but instead it was an entertaining and very informative book about the lives of worms. Nonfiction cleverly disguised as a story, a boy and his grandmother are digging in the garden when they come across a worm. This leads grandma to tell her grandson all about how important worms are in the ecosystem, and what they do to enrich the soil and help plants grow. I learned a lot! Now I know how to tell i ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-2015
Yucky Worms is about a little boy being disgusted when he finds a worm in his grandmother's garden. Grandma teaches him all about worms and how they help keep a garden healthy he decides the worms are his friends, too.

This was a great read for us as we've recently begun gardening and my boys like to "help" as much as they can. Yucky Worms was an informative sciency kind of book so a little bit over my littles' heads but still it was well illustrated and interesting.
May 17, 2010 Libby marked it as to-read
Shelves: gardening
Since i'm a gardner and dig in the dirt a lot I come across these "yucky worms" ALL the time. I get scared and grossed out each time I dig in!!! This book will be such a help to me - I can't wait to "dig in" to this book!!!!
Dec 10, 2016 Bethe rated it really liked it
interesting hybrid of NF and realistic fiction as a grandma and grandson dig in the garden. Learned some new info about worms! Add it to a unit or storytime along with We Dig Worms and Diary of a Worm.
Oct 18, 2016 Karin rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, read-aloud
Loved this one! So did the kids. It has a basic "storyline", but it's mostly a non-fiction picture book. It's witty and packed with info.
Dec 24, 2016 Mindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: primary
What a cute book that is a fun read, plus educational. I can't wait to use this book in conjunction with a STEM project.
Amy Keltner
Nov 28, 2011 Amy Keltner rated it it was amazing
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 bro
Tori Serrano
The book Yucky Worms is about a little boy who is playing in the backyard while his Grandmother is working in the garden. The Grandmother finds a slimy worm and shows it to the little boy, whose reaction was saying to throw it away. The Grandmother giggled and asked why he can’t be friends with a worm. The rest of the story is about the Grandmother explaining to the little boy about the different facts about the worms and how they survive in the dirt and what they do.
The story gives a lot of “f
Dec 12, 2016 Abby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This was a really fun book. I learn lots about worms and this would help students out who are afraid of worms.
Jun 26, 2016 Joyce rated it really liked it
Yucky Worms is a non-fiction book that presents biology in the form of a narrative. A young boy is gardening with his grandmother, when she pulls up a wriggling worm. The boy narrator is initially disgusted, but his grandmother teaches him how important worms are in nature. The illustrations include diagrams of the earthworm’s habitat and its anatomy, while the text explains what worms do for the environment in a simple, easy-to-read format with a bit of humor thrown in. (I really appreciate tha ...more
Leigh Isley
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 l
Apr 22, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
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
Oct 06, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
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: th
Feb 22, 2011 Tricia rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Oct 03, 2011 Yellowpagesgirl rated it really liked it
Did you know that the worm your grandpa made you cut in half for fishing will not grow into two worms? I did not know that either! My girl kid is already looking at her worm friends (yes, she really does have worm friends) differently now that we know they have five, that's right, FIVE, hearts! And very soon we'll be practicing tricking worms into coming up from their tunnels with a watering can to make letters of worms (ala the book title being "written" in worms). The book gave us a new way of ...more
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 boo
Cole Hoffman
Nov 20, 2014 Cole Hoffman rated it really liked it
This is an excellent informational fiction book. The story is about a boy who is in the garden with his grandma when an earthworm appears. The boy is grossed out, but the grandma explains all about why earthworms are good. She explains the anatomy of an earthworm and what they eat. Then she explains how they have a lot of enemies everywhere and we need to protect them.
This book gives great facts about earthworms wrapped up in a cute little story. The illustrations are great and go excellent wit
Jun 14, 2010 Nielson rated it it was amazing
In this clever and humorous book, kids will be delighted and perhaps a bit disgusted as they learn all about wiggly worms. This book does a fantastic job of combining a fun story with true information. It spans information from where earthworms live and how they look to how they eat, move, poop, and breathe. I was fascinated by all of the things there are to learn about earthworms....but I still wouldn't want to touch one! The illustrations are bright and colorful and kids will enjoy learning mo ...more
Lissa Davies
Sep 17, 2012 Lissa Davies rated it it was amazing
Shelves: media-log
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, ad ...more
Alicia Scully
Feb 01, 2012 Alicia Scully rated it really liked it
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-p ...more
Emmeline Guest
Oct 04, 2010 Emmeline Guest rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2008q1
A solidly good (and just slightly gross book about worms) -- especially for the classroom. This picture book really does manage to pack in A LOT of non-fiction information (through layering text on the page) about our slithery earthworm friends, and yet the book still reads well as a story (and the illustrations are lovely).

If you know any little boys (or girls) interested in dirt, poop, slime or garden life -- this book is for them :) And ... many adults will also likely learn a thing or two a
Kayla Payton
Awards: Winner of a 2011 ALA Notable Children’s Book Award
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3rd Grade

‘Yucky Worms’ is a must have for those interested in gardening and sustainability. Perfect for a unit of work in an early childhood – middle primary classroom. I will certainly be using it when I become a teacher. I love a book that combines an engaging story with true information. It provides a lot of information for the reader and has text boxes that are broke out into sections of the text t
Mar 21, 2013 Catherine rated it really liked it
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 Fi
Mar 20, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it
Shelves: nf-unsorted-kids
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.
Oct 05, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting book. I knew very little about worms and I was probably peddling some misinformation about them up to now. I didn't know that they had no eyes and five pairs of hearts I remember being told that a worm that was cut in half could survive and believing it. Now I know the truth. Like Nicola Davies, Vivian French writes a great running subtext that informs the reader about worms while simultaneously telling a frienddly narrative. A great read for anyone.
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Vivian French was best known in school for being extremely skinny and for talking a lot. At school she developed an attachment to words and later became an actor, then a storyteller, and finally a writer of children's books. She is the author of more than two hundred books. Ms. French lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has four grown daughters.
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