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Marty McGuire Digs Worms!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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You have to hand it to a third-grader who has no qualms about shredding her collection of princess paper dolls (unwanted gifts from a well-meaning but clueless grandmother) in order to recycle paper. In this second book of the series the students in Marty's school are on a mission to save the earth. A visiting environmentalist challenges the students to come up with projects to help the environment. When the glop of paper dolls fails to materialize into paper (and breaks the food processor to boot), Marty chooses a new project. With the help of Grandma Barb, her cool non-paper-doll-giving grandmother, Marty and her best friend Annie create a worm compost farm that will turn the leftovers from the school cafeteria into fertilizer.

Worms and third-graders make for an explosive mix, especially in the hands of Kate Messner. After the kids overfeed their slimy charges, the worms escape and Marty and Annie have to capture them. Patience isn't Marty's strong point, but over the course of the story she learns to wait for her worms to slowly process trash into compost. On the big day, the environmentalist returns to judge the projects. Will Marty's worms win or won't they? Messner cleverly keeps readers at the edge of their seats as the winners are announced and brought on stage.

Marty is an engaging character, one whom kids will be sure to root for. And the environmentalist message, while prevalent, is rarely heavy handed. The students at Orchard Street Elementary genuinely care about saving the environment. One girl, whose father sometimes throws soda cans in the regular trash and not the recycling bin, sets up a metal detector that will buzz if aluminum goes in. As she explains, "I really wanted to set it up so he'd get zapped with a shock, too, like those electric dog fences, but my mom said I couldn't." The story is heavily sprinkled with such humorous tidbits, making it an enjoyable read. Brian Floca's light-hearted illustrations add to the fun.
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on June 21, 2014
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Reading this aloud to my 4-yr old daughter and she loves Marty and her antics with saving the Earth and navigating the complex social life of a 3rd grader
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on May 13, 2014
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I think that this was a great book and I think that the author did a great job with all of the details!!!!
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on May 30, 2013
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As part of our summer reading program "Dig Into Reading" at the Georgetown County library we are reading Marty McGuire Digs Worms. One of our summer projects is a worm farm. This book will fit in perfectly.
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on August 8, 2012
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This is a very well written book with some wonderful messages for our children. It's about creativity and being able to see things through. It also hits on environmental issues and responsibilities.

The book is actually a great outline for school projects at any level.
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on October 28, 2014
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These are a great series of books. The main female character is not into princesses or drama as in many other books targeted for girls. She is a strong, smart character and a good role model. My daughter enjoys reading these. She is in 2nd grade.
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on July 20, 2014
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Great kids book!!
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on December 2, 2014
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Great!
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on September 3, 2014
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Really good because they did something about recycling. I think my friend should read it because she recycles too. Thanks.
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2012
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If you are looking for a book to teach conservation to your kids, this might be it. The writing style is decent and engaging. However, if you picked it up at the library just because it has a great cover, be warned that it is pretty preachy about environmental issues.

I am all for conservation, but I hate when our elementary school students are laden with eco-guilt. It is not a problem they caused and they don't need to have anxiety over it. Yes, we should teach them how to care for the Earth and give them good examples of practicing green living, but I didn't feel that this particular book matched my personal parenting philosophy about shielding my children from worrying about adult problems that they are too young to have a proper perspective on. In my experience, things like this create unproductive anxiety and feelings of direct responsibility and fear. I don't believe this is the intent of the author, but hopefully if you have children like mine you can prevent some anxiety and sleepless nights by choosing a different bedtime story.
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