Worm Loves Worm
Worm loves Worm, and they decide to get married. Each of their friends has an opinion on the way they should do it, based on how it’s always been done. But when the old ways don’t fit, Worm and Worm create new ways to celebrate their love and marriage.
Age it’s best for: 3-7
Why your child will love it
Worm Loves Worm is funny and sweet. It’s a simple, positive story, where problems are easily solved and everyone’s happy in the end.
The illustrations and bug characters are fun, cute, and appealing. The pictures support the story well, and also add detail and humour to it. Have a look at the illustrations here.
Young children who have been to weddings will be excited to recognize the traditions Worm and Worm’s friends suggest.
Why you will love it
Worm Loves Worm is, of course, much more than it appears on the surface. In a way that makes it seem simple and obvious, it teaches children that couples should all have the right to express their love for each other through marriage.
It challenges the idea of continuing to do things just because it’s the way they’ve always been done. It encourages openness to and acceptance of different ways of doing things. And it shows how members of a community can come together to support and celebrate each other, even if they would choose to do things differently.
Worm Loves Worm is a great book to use when talking about same sex marriage. But it can also be used to talk with children about any wedding that isn’t what many North Americans see as ‘traditional’ (for example, two people of different cultures or religions).
Beyond the bookHere are some things you and your child can talk about after reading Worm Loves Worm:
- Talk about married people you know (same sex, different sex, interracial, interreligious), and how each got married because they love each other. Did they have to “change how it’s done” at their wedding ?
- Together, find the parts where Worm and Worm don’t fit with the way it’s always been done, and talk about how they made it work.
- Did your child get the joke about Spider eating Cricket and Beetle? Go back and read it again and talk about how sometimes the same sentence can mean two very different things!