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Day 146 – The Carrot Seed

Today’s book was The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Crockett Johnson.

carrot seed

Simple. Classic. Perfect.

Day 97 – Yucky Worms

“Yucky Worms” by Vivian French and Jessica Ahlberg introduces children to the wonderful world of worms, and the important role they play in loosening and fertilizing the soil so that plants can grow. The book is a great example of mixing storybook and science in a way that is compelling for little listeners. I love a fun picture book that teaches children about the real world around them, and this one fits that bill quite well.yucky

“Yucky Worms” is narrated by a little boy who is visiting his grandmother; he is playing outside while she is working in her garden. When grandma holds up some worms for our narrator to see, he is initially disgusted, but Grandma assures him that she considers worms to be her friends. After she explains why she feels that way, and describes the details of their everyday lives, her grandson finally comes around to her way of thinking – although he tells grandma that he might not let anyone know that his “new friends” are worms.

Ms. French and Ms. Ahlberg manage to disclose a lot of interesting information about their subject through the narrative as well as through the detail in the playful illustrations and in the numerous insets and call-outs. I expect that the word “Yucky” in the title and the subject matter – worms! – should grab children’s attention…even those who are disgusted by the idea of worms may not be able to look away. Our youngest was certainly engaged – she was literally (and I do mean literally) leaning off the edge of her seat to get a closer look. There is also a gross-out factor that our audience (and this reader) found particularly amusing, but we might recommend against reading this book at the dinner table. Suffice to say, the word “poop” appears several times in the text…and besides, it’s worms, YUCKY!