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Yucky Worms

(Nature Storybooks)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  560 ratings  ·  129 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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Jun 24, 2010 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.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this book from the library and read it to my grandson. He and I both loved it so much that I bought it for him.
While in the garden, a grandmother and grandson find a worm. What follows is a simple and engaging story about how worms move through the soil; providing aeration and 'poop' which helps plants to grow and thrive.
The illustrations are wonderful, too.
Joannw Joanne
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is very good because worms are vital to the well being ofthe earth


Eva Marie
Dec 09, 2010 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 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 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 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 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.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulously informative book on one of my favorite outside critters, but I’m left wondering if there will be a volume 2 on the subject. Do worms sleep? Do worms mate for life? Do worms talk to eat other, “hey, the dirt over that away is sweet- check it out, bra.” And what is in lobster casings anyhow? I realize, that may hav slid off topic but, do you know?
May 17, 2010 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!!!! ...more
This is such a fun book it’s one of my favourites from the Nature Storybooks I’ve so far read! ‘Yucky Worms’ is a great picture book, shorter than A4 in height but wider, it’s filled with thick glossy pages with colourful illustrations and easy to read text throughout. ‘Yucky Worms’ is a great title to the book as it’s what many people think of when they think of worms, however this book, a non-fiction, will definitely change your mind and maybe even fascinate both kids and adults to find out mo ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yucky Worms? I think not! This book deserves every one of those five stars. It is beautifully illustrated which is perfectly engaging for young readers, but more so than that it was informative in such a way that it doesn't feel like learning - it's all part of the story. Actually, I learnt quite a lot about worms too!

We learn about worms, what they eat, what they're made of inside and what they do all day from this clever picture book through the eyes of a little boy helping his grandma in the
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Miaolings enjoyed learning about worms and how important their pooping and tunneling is for garden ecology. The most surprising thing we learned is that worms cannot survive if cut in half. Apparently they can survive if their tail is cut off but that is much less than half of them. This book teaches us that worms are our friends and aren't yucky at all, but my Miaolings know that there is nothing wrong with being yucky, especially if you are cute and/or enrich the soil with your digestive a ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was recommended by a friend and Miss 3 loved it. I've only just realized that it's the same author as 'The Perfect Pet Shop' which we've also been reading so I shall look for more of her books.

It's a picture book with a Grandma-Grandson story but it's factual as well. It did indeed help Miss 3 become less scared of yucky worms and she was very excited when she called out 'Poo! Poo in my hands!!' to show me the perfect worm casting which she found.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet, fun book, with lots of information incorporated into the story. I did alter some of the terminology as I read aloud, just because I have a pet peeve about the usage of slang for bodily waste appearing in my books. We've always preferred to use more polite language. 😄 ...more
Tina Hoggatt
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just shy of didactic but with terrific illustrations and a sweet relationship between grandma and grandson. Clever integration of sidebar material - one wonderful spread has the informative text following the many underground worm tunnels. So much info in one sweet little book.
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun and informative book about worms, and a boy who initially thinks they’re yucky but then learns how important and helpful they are. Great book for getting children outside and exploring the busy world of tiny critters. Love the idea that worms are ‘underground farmers’.
Arian Prickett
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-choice
I loved reading this book! It's a great book that talks about the goodness of recycling and the great things that worms do for our environment. There are great pictures throughout the book, and there are also small little subtitles throughout the whole book. ...more
Carrie Norris
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully illustrated picture book with a plethora of facts about worms.
Sally East
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fact filled and fun. My class of five year olds loved it.
REALLY cute and humorous with great illustrations!
Jenna Mills
Super. Really informative and fun to read
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 18, 2016 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. ...more
Amy Keltner
Nov 28, 2011 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
Apr 22, 2013 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
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
Jun 26, 2016 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
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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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