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Day 111 – Raindrops Roll

April showers may eventually bring May flowers, but around here over the past several days it seems like the showers just bring more showers. How appropriate, then, that today’s book was “Raindrops Roll” by April Pulley Sayre. The book is an extended poem about rain set against the lush, beautiful backdrop of Ms. Sayre’s photo illustrations. After your eyes have feasted on the colorful close-up pictures of water droplets on leaves, spider webs and flowers, you can also get a little science lesson about the water cycle (“a splash of science”) on the end pages.raindrops

This is the first photo-illustrated book we have read for many weeks – and the pictures are stunning. It’s a kind of book which we particularly love: entertainment and information about the real world! There are close-up pictures of bugs and slugs which add to the attraction of the book. Ahhhh, poetry and rain – what a great combination for April and National Poetry Month!

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!