Diary of a Worm

by Doreen Cronin

Other authorsHarry Bliss (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2003

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HarperCollins (2003), Edition: Later Printing, 40 pages


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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LibraryThing member cmbohn
So clever and funny. Lots of cute touches that you almost miss.
LibraryThing member TheMightyQuinn
Anecdotes from the life of a worm. Charming, imaginative, depiction of life underground from the perspective of a young worm/boy. Humorous text and supporting images woven in between. Especially fond of the illustrations drawn like photographs taped into a journal at the start and end of the book.
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Not entirely scientifically accurate, obviously since worms don't keep diaries, but a good introduction to earth science. Recommended for all readers and all picture book collections.
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LibraryThing member jcardwell04
Goes through the life of a little worm and what he encouters in the course of a few days; things from bugging his sister to seeking protection during the "fishing season".
LibraryThing member elander
This is a cute story, written in a short diary format, which would be a nice addition to a classroom library. This would be a great book to introduce the idea of journaling or writing a personal daily diary.
LibraryThing member sharmon05
This book is based off of a diary that is kept by a worm; this makes this book a good example of a fantasy. The illustrations in this book very well crafted. The reader is able to understand a lot of the story just by the illustrations.
LibraryThing member munchkin49
This is about a worm that tells about what he does on different days. He tells about his friendship with spider, his relationship with his sister, how he learns manners from his grandfather and about the things he like to do and what he would like to be when he grows up.
This is such a funny book. I
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really enjoyed how the author gives a worn a family, friends and goes to school. The pictures are so fun and I had a wonderful time looking at worm's pictures and what they say. I have had the chance to share this book already and I loved the looks on the faces as they read the book. This is a very entertaining book. For any age!
I think that it would be so fun to bring real worms into the classroom. It would be interesting to see how many girls would be willing to hold a worm in their hand. Then put the worms in dirt and watch what they do.
I think that it would be very educational to do a study of how the worms help the earth and how we can help the worms.
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LibraryThing member Cottonwood.School
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.
LibraryThing member macfly_17
This is a cute story, diary-style, about a boy worm and his day-to-day adventures. I really enjoyed the story and the neat illustrations.
LibraryThing member clstone
Worm knows that the Earth needs him, but that humans rarely acknowledge worms at all. His journal tells of his adventrures as an earthworm and how his life is different from his friend, Spider. The pictures are colorful and fun and the dates of the journal entries are included on each page. At the
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end, Worm realizes that even if humans don't think worms are important, that the Earth will always need them.
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LibraryThing member brookebrush
Age Appropriateness: Primary
Genre: Fantasy
Review: This was a great example of fantasy, because in real life worms do not talk, go to school, or do homework.
Comments: - Study worms
- Get a set of worms in the classroom for students to observe
- Study different lifestyles of insects and how their
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families really work
Plot: The type of plot this book has is episodic, because it is a continuous journal with one thing happening after another.
Media: Watercolors
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LibraryThing member TorrieM
This book can be used when teaching a lesson on bugs. It shows the duties of all the different bugs and the life of a worm. I would use this book in Kindergarten and first grade classes.
LibraryThing member katiejanelewis
This entertaining picture book is written in the format of a young worm who journals some humorous and interesting details of his life. He writes about adventures with his friend, the spider, as well as tales of encounters with humans and issues at school. This book is great for almost any age -
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probably best for second, third, or fourth graders. It can be intertwined with a science lesson, as some of the worm's diary entries (as well as pictures) include a worm's duties and responsibilities.
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LibraryThing member awiltenburg
This is the journal style day in the life of a worm book. Cute illustrations. I wasnt impressed by it, but did chuckle about the hokey pokey and the report card. Im not sure how I would use this book, maybe to teach journal writing.
LibraryThing member Molly2Faith
This is a funny book about the life of a worm. This book is good for young children for teaching them how to create a diary/scrapbook for the memorable events in their life. Also, it is a good book because it incorporates bits of science throughout the book.
LibraryThing member clstone
'Diary of a Worm' by Doreen Cronin is the diary of a little boy worm. The diary describes his daily life living as a worm in a world where many forget that worms exist. The pages are written with the date and lists of activities that the worm goes through that day are descirbed. At the end of the
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story the worm says that although some people may forget that worms exist, the earth never does. This story is very cute and would be great to read to most all elementary students.
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LibraryThing member lynny_nicole
Diary of a Worm is just that, a diary that is written by a worm on a daily basis. The worm writes in his diary and describes his daily events and also expresses his emotions whether it be happy or sad. The little worm also makes note to what it is like to be forgotten by the world and explains that
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even though the people may forget about the worms the earth will never forget.

I thought this was a really cute book. I liked the pictures a lot. The pictures had a cute point of view. It showed the worms living their underground life and also showed the humans above ground living their life.

I would use this book as an example of how to write in a diary and have my students begin to write in their own journal. I would also use this book as an introduction to writing.
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LibraryThing member MandaW
I liked this book. I though it was funny and cute. It made me laugh a lot. I gave it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
LibraryThing member rlanten
Diary of a Worm is a story made up of the diary entries of a little boy worm describing his daily activities. He tells us about his best friend spider, how they try to teach each other how to dig holes and walk upside down, and even how they get through an argument. We see him teasing his sister
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and getting in trouble for it. Then he tells us the best and worst things about being a worm. He ends by telling us that even though people sometimes forget about worms, the earth never does.

I loved this story. The pictures were entertaining and did a great job illustrating the story being told. The diary entries were typical for most young boys making this something kids can easily relate to. It was also good in showing us how worms help the earth.

1. This could be used in a science lesson on soil.
2. Could be used for a writing lesson it would be a great way to start journaling.
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LibraryThing member corinne331
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.
LibraryThing member bgiancola
This is a picture book that is written like a diary that will catch the attention of children. The illustrations are cartoon like and the book is very humorous and is written from the perspective of the worm as he goes through his daily events. This book is great for young elementary classroom
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second grade and under. I rated this book a 4 out of 5 for its hilarious diary entries and cartoon like illustrations.
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LibraryThing member Jenlovely
In Diary of a Worm you follow a young worm through about 4 months of his life trying new experiences along the way. This story gives tips from his mother, 'Never bother Daddy when he's eating the newspaper', notes that hopscotch is a dangerous game if you are a worm, and explains the three things
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he doesn't like about being a worm 'I can't have a dog'. The design and layout of the book is eyecatching. The text is funny and the illustrations that accompany them make you think you are reading about a real thinking being. This book is very cute and entertaining-I enjoyed reading it.
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LibraryThing member ReneePesheck
This story introduces the happenings of one day in the life of our narrator - a worm. This would be a great story to introduce a writing project focused on the diary format. There is lots of humor in the text.
LibraryThing member farfromkansas
Diary of a Worm, written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss, is a concept book about (you guessed it!) worms. However, rather than scientifically describe the lifestyle of worms, Cronin has utilized the narrative device of a “diary” that allows the worm to describe the different
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actions in his life as if he was just a normal, average kid (who just so happens to be a worm). Like a diary, there are dated entries detailing typical life events: going to school, interacting with friends, and life dreams… there are just more spiders, ants, and dirt in this version. There are also “pictures” of worm memories (like a family vacation visiting a compost heap), including a particularly clever joke about the hokey-pokey. Like the text by Cronin, the illustrations by Bliss are very entertaining: who would’ve thought that a worm could actually be cute? Overall, Diary of a Worm is a surprisingly entertaining way for children to learn about science in an understandable, relatable way… and to get in a few giggles at the same time.

Cronin, Doreen, and Harry Bliss. Diary of a Worm. New York: Joanna Cotler, 2003. Print.
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LibraryThing member flickins
An ent.ertaining book about a young worm, his family and friend spider
LibraryThing member rebecca401
A great follow-up or segue into vermicomposting or worm dissection, this book takes real facts about worms and stretches them, giving worms human characteristics. It is also a good writing prompt. Students can recognize the pattern the author uses and create their own fantasy books about animals,
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based on real facts and humor.
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Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee — Picture Book — 2007)
Georgia Children's Book Award (Finalist — Picturebook — 2006)
Monarch Award (Nominee — 2006)
Utah Beehive Book Award (Nominee — Children's Picture — 2005)
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades K-2 — 2005)
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (Nominee — Grades K-3 — 2006)
Buckaroo Book Award (Nominee — 2005)
Indies Choice Book Award (Honor Book — 2004)
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Nevada Young Readers' Award (Nominee — 2005)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Picture Books — 2005)
Golden Archer Award (Nominee — Primary — 2005)
South Carolina Book Awards (Winner — Children's Book Award — 2006)
Ladybug Picture Book Award (Nominee — 2004)
Show Me Readers Award (Nominee — 2006)
Children's Favorites Awards (Selection — 2004)




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