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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (December 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064451992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064451994
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 9.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3--This is a great book marred by a few unclear pictures. The well-organized text explains how worms improve the quality of soil and covers the basics about the animal's body structure, movement, diet, and reproduction. The writing is clear and engaging; in one instance, Pfeffer compares the segments on a worm's body to "the coils on a Slinky toy." Although the collage artwork is visually appealing, some of the images are a bit confusing. In one illustration accompanying the explanation of how a worm tunnels, the creature looks as if it has been chopped in two or torn up. In another, it looks as if it is decomposing. The book ends with suggestions for examining a worm in the field and a science-fair-type project using castings. Better choices include Kevin Holmes's Earthworms (Bridgestone, 1998), Michael Elsohn Ross's Wormology (Carolrhoda, 1996), and Bobbie Kalman's Squirmy Wormy Composters (Crabtree, 1992; o.p.).--Jean Lowery, Bishop Woods Elementary School, New Haven, CT
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

K-Gr. 3. From the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, this book provides a good introduction to a familiar animal: the earthworm. Pfeffer discusses the worm's habits, anatomy, locomotion, food, and life cycles, as well as explaining the importance of castings and tunneling in maintaining soil richness, moisture, and aeration. The final two pages encourage children to explore earthworms on their own by closely observing a worm and a tunnel entrance and by planting seeds in ordinary soil and in soil enriched with worm castings. Though children may need to read or hear the text more than once to absorb all the information presented, the book offers a solid, interesting introduction to the subject. Jenkins' distinctive cut-paper collages illustrate the text with clarity and style. A good title for backyard scientists and a fine addition to primary-grade units on the subject. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Wendy Pfeffer has written several other books for children,including From Tadpole to Frog and What's It Like to Be a Fish? both illustrated by Holly Keller. Ms. Pfeffer lives in Pennington, NJ. Holly Keller has illustrated Let's Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans and You're Aboard Spaceship Earth by Patricia Lauber, as well as her own books starring Horace and Geraldine. Ms. Keller lives in West Redding, CT.

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It was very interesting.
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My granddaughter loves worms and bugs so she really enjoys this book.
Irishman
This was required summer reading for my 2nd grade son.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Prekker on March 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a mother, teacher, and naturalist, I have been very impressed with this book (as well as the other Let's-Read-and-Find-Out series). It is incredible how so much information is packed into a book for kids and is also full of colorful artwork engaging to the eye. This book about worms covers how worms help the earth, how they eat, make waste, reproduce (tastefully written of course), where they go in the winter, why you find them out when it's raining, how they sense things around them, how their bodies are designed to help them move, all the while explaining things with proper terms, yet simple to understand. This book, as well as the others in the series, has an activity or two in the back of the book for hands-on learning. Excellent resource for any nature/science library.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Angela J. Zaev on September 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Children will learn that worms have value beyond fishing and food for birds with Wiggling Worms at Work. The illustration is beautiful but not quite as engaging for younger children as other books in the Let's Read and Find Out Science series.

It begins by piquing a child's interest in what is going on underground all the time. The images do open a child's imagination as to what goes on beneath the surface of the ground.

Vocabulary children will learn include:

1. gizzard
2. crop
3. castings
4. segment
5. fungi
6. midden
7. burrow

While done tastefully, the page that focuses on the reproduction cycle of a worm may be a bit too much for the 3 to 6 year old range (and I realize that this book is geared more for ages 5 to 9) so there is some overlap and a challenge in providing enough details for an older child's understanding.

Page 22 states:

"In spring, before the weather warms, worms wiggle to the surface to mate. Worms are different from most other animals. Each worm is both male and female. but each one still needs a mate. After mating each worm crawls back into its burrow."

The following pages continue with a detailed and very informative description of the cocoon process and the development of the wormlets.

For budding scientists there are a few "experiment" ideas in the rear of the book.
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By LC on July 11, 2014
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I often bring this along when I teach 2nd grade classrooms. Students (including the boys!) pay attention at the rug, and the kids always learn something new about worms.
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By ChanUSA on June 5, 2014
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This is a good book for young readers (1st-2nd graders) who are interested in worms and how they contribute to the earth.
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By Irishman on November 4, 2013
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This is such a fun book! My granddaughter loves worms and bugs so she really enjoys this book. The other grandkids enjoy it also.
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By starchygirl on October 27, 2013
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This was required summer reading for my 2nd grade son. He hates to read, but loved this book. He actually read it several times, which is unheard of for him. They reviewed it in class and were tested on it. There are more in the series he is getting for Christmas.
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By Mama Velez on October 12, 2013
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Great book about worms! My 4 year old is into worms, insects, butterflies, etc. and really liked this book a lot.
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By Joe on January 7, 2013
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My wife is a 3rd grade teacher and got this along with the WormVue Wonders for her classroom and the children just love it.
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