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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

We Dig Worms. A TOON book by Kevin McCloskey. Publishers Group Canada, 2015. $17.95 ages 4 and up

"My tunnels bring air
and water to the soil
to help plants grow.
When worms dig,
twisting and turning,
they make the earth ...

There can be few better ways for early readers to learn about earthworms! This is a book that is sure to provide answers to the many questions that children might ask about the worms they see following a rain, or when digging in the garden.

The author begins by telling his audience that there is variety in the worm family; the one he wants to discuss is the earthworm. There are many good reasons to learn as much as we can about them. He discusses their usefulness: how they help the earth by digging and by 'pooping'.  A map of the worm's body shows readers just exactly what they look like inside and outside, with labels and captions to aid with understanding.

Questions are answered in speech bubbles, while the author adds a short, concise bit of information to match the conversation between a child and a worm:

"Mister WORM?

Why do you come out
after the rain?

It's easier to WRIGGLE
when it's WET!


That bluebird might be a problem. The earthworm is quick to avoid its invitation to lunch by letting it know there is work to be done. Mr. McCloskey chose the perfect medium for his wonderfully, informative illustrations - gouache and acrylics on recycled brown paper bags. The earthworms would be pleased, wouldn't they?

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