Title: A Squirm of Worms
Author: Dr. Sherry L. Meinberg
“Everyone had a great time because of the flying worms!” a student exclaims in Dr. Sherry L. Meinberg children’s book, A Squirm of Worms.
This numbered one-hundred-and-twenty-six-page paperback targets children ages six to ten years old who enjoy learning about worms. With no scary scenes, it is a story about a class of third graders who learn about annelids. The ending includes the author’s biography.
In this short educational tale, a school has a musical concert on the knoll where worms appear during the production. The next day, Ms. Matson’s third-grade class begins searching why the long, skinny, and slimy things invaded the concert and why everyone ran away from them.
With the entire class’s participation, they research and learn fascinating tidbits about these creatures using books, worm motels, hunts, word charts, and projects as well as tell some jokes. Fifty numbered characteristics about worms are spread throughout the pages, including their segments, burrows, eating habits, regeneration, and life cycle.
This is a quick read that offers a fun and engaging way to learn about worms. I enjoyed how the chapters discussed the different aspects of them, especially that they have pointed heads, rounded tails, and bristles while humans are their worst enemy, and they hate electricity.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to learn something informative about worms will pass on this book. Young readers may have trouble understanding some complicated words.
~ Who ~
An avid reader and writer, Meinberg has been a teacher, reading, language, and ESL literacy specialist, mentor, librarian, and co-author. She has written seventeen nonfiction books and has received one over one hundred writing awards.
~ Wish ~
Including a glossary at the end of the book would be helpful.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that focuses on worms, this would be a wonderful choice that has a plethora of information for children. Adults will also glean some interesting facts.
Thanks to Bookpleasures and the author for this book that I am freely evaluating.
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