The Racing Worm Brothers

The Racing Worm Brothers

by Gary Barwin, Kitty Macaulay
     
 

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One day, Aaron and Ryan decide to adopt a pair of worms. They have a wonderful afternoon playing with their worms--named Pinky and Worm, by the way--but soon realize that what these little guys really want to do is race. The boys do everything they can to help: encouraging them, nurturing them, and making maps and sleep-stations to plant en route. Somehow

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One day, Aaron and Ryan decide to adopt a pair of worms. They have a wonderful afternoon playing with their worms--named Pinky and Worm, by the way--but soon realize that what these little guys really want to do is race. The boys do everything they can to help: encouraging them, nurturing them, and making maps and sleep-stations to plant en route. Somehow things don't seem to move along terribly fast, and the boys actually lose track of their small squirmy buddies!

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Children's Literature - Tammy Cullers
Fuzzy animals make Aaron sneeze and break out in bumps, so the only pet that lives at his house is a goldfish. The goldfish is fun to watch for awhile, but Aaron wants a pet he can hold and touch. That's when his brother Ryan has a brilliant idea-they'll find pet worms! Ryan and Aaron find two worms: a long, skinny one they call Pinky and a short, fat one named Worm. The boys spend the summer building worm beds out of tissue boxes, taking worm walks and teaching their worms to count to ten. When Ryan suggests they have a worm race, the stage is set for an adventure. The boys let the worms go at the starting point, then run to the finish line to wait for the winner. The boys wait and wait, but the worms do not come back. The book describes the creative processes that take place inside the boys imaginations as they draw maps, construct rest stops along the racecourse, and plan for the eventual return of their slithering friends. It also does a fine of job capturing the sense of wonder that seems to live innately in the minds of all children.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550375404
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Gary Barwin, composer, teacher and writer of innovative fiction and poetry for adults, is the author of this kooky and whimsical book, his debut in children's stories.

Kitty Macaulay was born in Ottawa and grew up in the country. She spent much of her twenties in art school, traveling across the country with her musician husband, visiting foreign lands and raising their daughter, Jenny. Kitty completed her art education at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. She paints whimsical expressions and abstract art designs on canvas and onto animals carved from wood. She has also tried her hand at developing greeting cards. Her illustrations have appeared in Cricket and Spider magazines.

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