This is a Book to Read with a Worm by Jodi Wheeler-Toppen, illustrated by Margaret McCartney


 This is a Book to Read with a Worm by Jodi Wheeler-Toppen, illustrated by Margaret McCartney, Charlesbridge, 9781632897718 (ebook) 9781580898973 (lib binding), 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? This book is a kid-friendly, colorful introduction to all things earthworm. Readers are encouraged to gently dig up a worm to study and experiment with it through a variety of ‘lenses’ including behaviors and anatomy. Sidebars on each page feature a lively worm wearing glasses and sporting a scarf. He introduces additional concepts and humor, speaking directly to the reader. Children are encouraged throughout to treat the worm humanely and to return the creature to the spot from which it was retrieved. Colorful illustrations blend the feel of a narrative text with expository features adding depth and interest to the experience. The text ends with an additional Q & A section, Suggestions for Further Research, and Research Notes. All in all, this is an approachable introduction to the study of animal physiology and behavior incorporating a very easy-to-find specimen.

Anything you didn’t like about it? While I am not a proponent of encouraging children to collect and hold creatures ‘captive’, I do feel that the authors were very careful to include humane handling techniques and encouraged returning the worm to its habitat.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This would work well in a classroom setting as part of an animal study unit or for homeschool or curious kids.

Who should buy this book? Elementary or public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  592 Earthworms

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 3/23/2020

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