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Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

Diary of a Worm

by Doreen Cronin

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I think this book is hilarious
  Yvonne_Chesak | Jul 30, 2015 |
Summary: This book is literally the diary of a worm. He talks about his daily situations he faces being a worm. From being in school to hanging out with his family and friends the spider and the other worms. The worm's day to day life is not that much different from humans. He just faces obstacles such as trying to avoid getting stepped on, becoming fish bait, or eating his own homework.

Personal Reaction: I loved this book as a kid. It gives children a different point of view, although it is fiction. It makes children what it would be like to be a worm or be that small. The pictures even help the children see the world from the worm's perspective.

Extension Ideas:
1. You could have the kids draw a picture to tell what they would do as a worm.
2. You could have the kids write a diary entry as their own kind of animal.
  Alicia917934 | Jul 8, 2015 |
Truly funny book of a young earthworm's diary!
One of those rare picture books that will also entertain adullts!
  aartik | Jul 3, 2015 |
Cronin writes a book on worms with some fiction and facts. It is an adorable picture book. Harry Bliss does a great job illustrating the life of the worm. He expresses beautiful size relationship throughout the book.
  ayala.yannet | Jun 7, 2015 |
This serves as an excellent example of why one should record their thoughts and emotions. It can be a great tool at the beginning of Writer's Workshop to help encourage students to write about anything they feel or think. It's funny illustrations about the life cycle of worms is also a great way to teach students about biology lesson on worms. ( )
  Kdd026 | Apr 29, 2015 |
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For “the boys” – Ken, Sean, Ryan, Patrick, and Timothy – D.C. /
For Rozzie and Cheetah – H.B.
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March 20 / Mom says there are three things I should always remember: 1. The earth gives us everything we need. 2. When we dig tunnels, we help take care of the earth. 3. Never bother Daddy when he’s eating the newspaper.
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This book provides a nice balance with touches of science here and there; the worm protagonist (clearly in elementary school) mentions a couple of times that he and his family enrich the soil with their castings and that the worms and the Earth depend on each other. Funny for younger elementary-age kids, who will appreciate the physical humor and big-sister jokes. Diary format makes this work impractical for a readaloud -- but the scrapbook-photo-style illustrations on the final pages are a very nice touch.

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Doreen Cronin (Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type) and cartoonist Harry Bliss (illustrator of A Fine, Fine School) shed a whole new light on a creature that spends most of its time underground: the earthworm. Written in diary form, this truly hilarious picture book tracks the ins and outs of a worm's life from the perspective of the worm family's young son. Take June 15's entry: "My older sister thinks she's so pretty. I told her that no matter how much time she spends looking in the mirror, her face will always look just like her rear end. Spider thought that was really funny. Mom did not." Except for the fact that he can't chew gum or have a dog, the boy likes being a worm. He never has to go to the dentist ("No cavities--no teeth, either"), he never gets in trouble for tracking mud through the house, and he never has to take a bath. As long as he can remember Mom's rule "Never bother Daddy when he's eating the newspaper," all is well. Bliss's endearing cartoonish illustrations of anthropomorphized worms are clever visual punchlines for Cronin's delightfully deadpan humor. For example, "June 5: Today we made macaroni necklaces in art class" sounds normal enough until you see the worms wearing one piece of macaroni around their necks, taking up a good part of each worm's body. Children and adults alike will adore this worm's eye perspective on the world. (Ages 6 and older) --Karin Snelson

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A young worm discovers, day by day, that there are some very good and some not so good things about being a worm in this great big world.

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