I LOVE this series! I remember reading this book when I first started teaching. I was so happy to grab a copy for my own toddler. It's a great read, from the perspective of a worm! I love books that allow me to use different voices for the kids. This is decently one of those books! I recommend this one and Diary of a Spider as well :)
Found this book at the home we were visiting, and read it to my 4 year-old granddaughter. We both enjoyed it very much. I found it extremely funny - a worm experiencing classic American schooling - and my granddaughter found a lot to talk about in the illustrations. Took the opportunity to explain about poisonous toadstools, and fungi in general, while my listener was fascinated with the new word. We found more in other books that morning - I’ve discovered that children’s stories set among trees all feature pretty red toadstools - the extremely poisonous ones with the white spots! In fact I remember the same fungi appearing in books I read as a child.
How we read it may interest you. The children's books we purchase include buying two of the same book. One is shipped to us and the other to our granddaughter in Seattle. I then read to her on Skype while she follows. She is jumping up and down excited! When she asks for a re-read later I know we have a winner. Diary . . . made the cut.
I bought this book as a gift b/c I have bought other Doreen Cronin books for the recipient and he has loved every book. He loved this one, too. She is a great writer. I wouldn't hesitate to buy any book written by her.
I'm a grad school student who planned a unit review around Doreen Cronin's "Diary of A Worm" book and purchased these to share with my classmates as a During Reading activity that could be done with students. Holy Cannoli, are they cute! They really are exact replicas of the characters from the books, and although I haven't yet done a reading with students using them, I can only imagine how much they would love them! They are beautiful puppets and a decent size for finger puppets. My only complaint is really with the company who shipped them. I was given a specific shipping date and relied on them to come by then because my presentation was the next day. I received them three days later than they were expected so I didn't get to use them for class. If you're looking for a great way to maintain your child/student's interest while reading this book, they're a great steal! Great price too! :)
This is a wonderful book.my granddaughter in Chicago several years ago had a secret reader program in second grade. My husband and I were in town from Arizona and we became the secret readers. She did not know we were coming. The book we read was diary of a worm. Since that time this book has been read over and over with much love.
I love the diary concept and the fact that the story seems like a scrapbook. We bought the Diary of a Spider first and then wanted to get this one. It has real information in it and also it is really fun to read. I would add that I think Diary of a Spider is better--but this one is good too. It is cool to have both because the worm and the spider are friends and to see the connections between the two characters is neat. My son loves that about these two books. Why is Diary of a Fly so darn expensive? I would love to get that one too!
As a teacher, it’s so fun to see how much our 2 year old son loves these books! There is so much content and learning to be had on each page. Seeing our son generalize the concepts to actual worms he sees in the yard is just so exciting.