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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (April 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596432039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596432031
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—Two friends spend a lot of time together. One day, Bob (a caterpillar) looks up into the tree and decides he needs to climb. Otto (an earthworm) stays below, digging in the soil. At this point, Bob's story appears on the top of the pages, with Otto's below. Bob climbs, eats, and takes a nap in a cocoon while Otto eats and digs through the dirt. Bob emerges as a beautiful yellow butterfly. Otto becomes sad when he sees his friend, as he thinks that had he climbed the tree, he could have been a butterfly too, instead of being "Just a big…fat…worm." Luckily, Bob's a clever pal and he knows that Otto is aerating the soil, helping the tree to grow, and providing food for Bob. The story is a good vehicle for showing that friends don't always have to do the same things, and that their actions can complement one another's. Bright, vibrant illustrations on full spreads enhance the satisfying story, which would be perfect for introducing spring science units.—Nancy Kunz, Tuckahoe Public Library, NY
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Worms Bob and Otto are good friends who resemble each other except for Bob's stripes. They do the same things until the day Bob needs to climb a tree, and Otto needs to wiggle into the ground. In split pages, Bob eats leaves; Otto digs. Bob sleeps for many days and nights; Otto digs and digs some more. The sturdy artwork, which mixes colors earthy and bright, shows Bob turning into a green sack as he sleeps. Finally, he awakens and feels like flying; no wonder, since he's now a butterfly. On the ground, Otto is feeling sad. If he had climbed the tree he could have grown wings, too. But Bob informs him that while he was eating, sleeping, and flying, Otto's digging loosened the soil so the tree roots could drink water and grow tall with green leaves--which allowed him to "grow wings." Savvy kids will know that the "striped" worm is a caterpillar while the plain worm is--a worm. Cocoonlike, the nature lesson is wrapped inside a friendship story. Preschoolers will dig it. Julie Cummins
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One of the best young kids' books I have read.
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We had gotten this from the library but I'm buying a copy because it is definitely a keeper!
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The story is concise and the colorful illustrations add to the book's charm.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Swain on November 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just finished teaching and read this book on my last day. We talked about how Bob and Otto could be friends even though they're in different places. This poignant piece is appropriate for young children with its repetition and text alignment. It's interesting even for adults with its incredibly deep concept of friendship. I have a lot of books I love...but this is hands down my favorite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brie A. Strom on October 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love this little book for so many reasons. The story is simple, and the illustrations are lovely. The writing helps cement reading concepts for my five year old, and he loves to "read" it to me. I have a background in science, and one of my favorite things is that, anthropomorphic characters aside, this book is accurate. Simple natural history lessons are imbedded in story. And I don't mind reading it over and over again. Now that's an achievment!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By My opinion on September 14, 2007
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My 5yo loves this book! She has memorized it and "reads" it over and over out loud to us. It is a sweet story and has beautiful pictures. Just adorable! We had gotten this from the library but I'm buying a copy because it is definitely a keeper!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Brewer on April 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
WOW! I just got this book today and, while driving to another town with my family, took the opportunity to read it to my children. My girl just turned 6 years old and my boy is 3. The artwork is lovely and the pallette of colors is very attractive. It seems to me that it was very easy to identify with the characters in this story... Reading it from the perspective of an adult, something seemed very familiar and real about their experiences...

But! It was seeing it through the eyes of my children that made me realize just what a special book this really is!

Throughout the story my 6 year old kept pointing out what each of the characters were doing... and my 3 year old seemed very interested in what was going on as he kept asking questions about the pictures he was seeing!

It was a delight for me to read and I know it was a delight for my children to hear and watch!

Proof? You want proof? OK, well... the second I finished reading the book my kids were begging me, "Read it again! Read it again!"

....so I did!

Thanks Mr's Bruel, you've done a wonderful job!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on March 30, 2009
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This is an absolutely adorable book! The vibrant and fun illustrations are perfect for toddlers; the boldy printed words are a good fit for preschoolers; the lesson about how important worms are for the soil and plant life are great for the kindergarteners/and early grades. I can't believe the author actually was able to meld a touching story about friendship along with a lesson in soil aeration -- but he did! It's funny, sweet, and educational.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne-Kari on July 25, 2007
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I just love all the Nick Bruel books, and this one is no exception. It's for younger kids - I'd say 2 - 4yr olds, whereas "Who is Melvin Bubble" (the last Nick Bruel release) is for the older set. The story, written by Nick Bruel's father, is simple and sweet without being at all cloying, and as usual the illustrations are lovely. And bonus - my 3 1/2 year old is no longer afraid of worms! (Otto is the sensitive, industrious worm)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Every time I get out Bob and Otto to read for my preschool story times, I have to marvel all over again at this little gem. At first glance, it certainly doesn't look like a natural read aloud - there just seems like a lot going on with it's split panel illustrations and occasional word bubbles. It doesn't take but a bit of practice to realize however, that this little story packs quite a punch and can make a big impact on your spring themed story times, or even story times with a friendship theme.

The characters in the book are large, brightly colored and full of charm. Even when they appear in multi panel spreads, it's easy for the group to follow along. This worm and caterpillar are beautifully simple and they have an important tale to tell that expands on the value of friendship and the importance of being proud of who you are. Did I mention that there's a great little nature lesson here? The caterpillar usually gets all the attention, but here we get an ode to the lowly worm and his work ethic. It's a great portrayal of how things work together in nature to achieve some pretty marvelous results. Nothing is heavy handed, and the end result is just a beautiful little story that speaks to the heart of a child's imagination, while introducing the beauty of two of nature's most well known creatures. An enthusiastic recommend for preschool through grade 1.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Santos on April 23, 2010
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I work with preschoolers and one of our teachers got the same book in the library. When we read the book, immediately I went online and bought the book. It is a great example about friendship and respecting each other, and our differences. I love it!
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