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Harriet's Hungry Worms by Samantha Smith

In a shady corner of Harriet's backyard is a big box full of hundreds and hundreds of worms. Harriet's ravenous compost worms munch their way through their wide and wonderful weekly menu.

The worms don't seem to do much, but one day they leave Harriet a big surprise.

This fun, engaging eco-story invites young readers to follow Harriet's nine-hundred-and-eighty-three hungry worms, in a story reminiscent of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Packed with worm facts, Harriet’s Hungry Worms is the ideal companion for worm warriors and curious composters keen to roll their sleeves up and put their kitchen food scraps to good use.

The sustainability message is continued by the illustrations of Melissa Johns. She uses collage to tell Harriet's story, incorporating recycled materials into the illustrations. Her artwork will inspire little creatives, we had great fun identifying all the elements Johns added into the pages. Together with the story, this will make a great book for schools - the story and illustrations combine to make it a wonderful resource to draw upon.

Books play an important role in helping our younger generation understand complex situations and realities. Harriet's Hungry Worms is a lovely way to help our children learn how to be more considerate and aware of the impact our actions have on our environment and offers a practical solution of how they can help play their part. I can see this book being a real hit in classrooms as more and more schools incorporate sustainability into the curriculum.

Reviewed by Rebekah Lyell

EK Books


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