Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

We Dig Worms!:

We Dig Worms!:

Kevin McCloskey
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
TOON Books, 2015   ISBN: 978-1935179801

Children, on the whole, are fascinated by worms; and often repulsed by them at the same time. Often, after it rains, children notice that worms appear out of nowhere and can be found wiggling their way across paths and sidewalks. Why do they do this? Where do they come from?

It turns out that worms come out of their underground burrows when it rains because they can move around and breathe better in moist conditions. Though they do not have eyes and noses, these little animals “do a lot of important work” for the environment. They eat dead organic matter, their tunnels aerate the earth, and their “poop is good for the soil.”  It is therefore a good thing that worms can have lots of babies, because it turns out that we need them.

This wonderful little picture book shows children how even the most unlikely of animals can have an important role to play in our world. Worms might not be beautiful, and they may be very simple creatures, physiologically speaking, but they bring about great change in their quiet underground world.

Delightful artwork and diagrams, and a simple text makes this book wonderfully accessible to young children who are curious about the natural world.