Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer

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Winnie Finn is crazy about earthworms and knows everything about them. When spring arrives in Quincy County, all she can think about is the county fair coming up. This year, she would like nothing more than to win a prize for her worms so that she might buy a shiny new wagon for transporting them around. Trouble is, there?s no prize at the fair for worms . . .

Bright, energetic illustrations accompany this jaunty tale about a young girl?s creativity that will inspire readers of ...

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Overview

Winnie Finn is crazy about earthworms and knows everything about them. When spring arrives in Quincy County, all she can think about is the county fair coming up. This year, she would like nothing more than to win a prize for her worms so that she might buy a shiny new wagon for transporting them around. Trouble is, there’s no prize at the fair for worms . . .

Bright, energetic illustrations accompany this jaunty tale about a young girl’s creativity that will inspire readers of all interests— but especially those with a love for something wiggly.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The story presents such a winning heroine, Winnie, part-scientist, part-entrepreneur, that you may consider raising worms as a hobby.” —Chicago Tribune

“The back of the book has instructions for how to start your own worm farm to help your garden; which makes this book a great one for sparking a family project next summer.” —The News & Observer

“Winnie’s spunky, good-natured heart anchors a gentle and entertaining read.”—School Library Journal

“Hoyt’s sprightly cartoons add just the right amount of humorous action to Winnie’s worm-farming tasks, while Winnie’s winning personality allows readers to learn a bit about the positive aspects of worm composting. An author’s note includes directions for creating a worm farm and sources.” —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Winnie Finn has an unusual passion. She is crazy about earthworms, collecting them everywhere and even taking them for wagon rides. Looking ahead to the Quincy County Fair, she wonders whether there is a prize for earthworms. She would like to win some money for a new wagon, but she is told no, emphatically. Winnie talks to others who would like to win prizes for their corn, their chickens, and their puppies. Clever Winnie knows how to use her worms in a worm farm to help those in their quest for prizes, in return for a share. With her share of their winnings, Winnie buys "the best new wagon in Quincy County." She also spots new customers for the magic of her worms. Proudly displaying a wiggling worm, saucy Winnie smiles at us from the jacket, with prize-winning exhibits in the background. In front of her is a scrawny, expressive cat whose antics spark up most scenes. Winnie's thoughts and actions depicted in detailed illustrations that are a bit cartoon-y but are created with imaginative vitality and humor appear on full and double pages or in vignettes. A more serious Author's Note fills in information about starting a worm farm. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—With a zest for worm farming, young Winnie cares for her red wiggler companions. Hoping to submit them as an entry in the county fair competition, she asks her neighbors for advice, but they are all preoccupied with their own ambitious offerings. In a quiet twist, Winnie's worms serve a greater purpose by helping the other competitors. Instructions for creating a worm farm conclude the lighthearted narrative. Nimble lines and cool colors depict the energy of the active outdoor scenes. Humorous details abound through animated expressions: Winnie's a hoot as she cuddles her favored worm close to her face while the disgusted cat yowls. She maintains her endearing qualities throughout with her smile, freckled cheeks, and no-nonsense visor pulled low over her hair. Winnie's spunky, good-natured heart anchors a gentle and entertaining read.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
Kirkus Reviews
Winnie Finn, worm farmer extraordinaire, would love to win a prize at the annual county fair, so she can buy herself a new wagon. But worms are never recognized as trophy winners. Winnie knows better: Raising good red wigglers will help her neighbors earn prizes for the best corn, best egg layer and prettiest Afghan puppy. With a little help from each of her friends, Winnie applies her worm knowledge and ingenuity to help Mr. Abernathy raise the tallest corn, which in turn is fed to Mrs. Yamasaki-O'Sheridan's productive hens, whose eggs help Mr. Peasley's pups develop the shiniest coats-resulting in first prizes for all. Brendler creates a clever cumulative ecological tale filled with spunk and a bit of vermiculture. Hoyt's sprightly cartoons add just the right amount of humorous action to Winnie's worm-farming tasks, while Winnie's winning personality allows readers to learn a bit about the positive aspects of worm composting. An author's note includes directions for creating a worm farm and sources. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374384401
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 512,797
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

CAROL BRENDLER holds a master’s degree in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Ottawa, Canada. This is her first book. ARD HOYT has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including Some Dog! by Mary Casanova and the best-selling I’m a Manatee by John Lithgow. He lives in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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