“What about a story — what would you like?”
“I don’t know that many.”
“Well, then I’ll make one up. You heard of the Three Little Pigs, right? Well, this was the three little worms…”
I never heard the ending, and I doubt there was one. But it stuck in my head for years, because how do you tell The Three Little Worms? Luckily for me, there’s the library.
1. Character research.
Wiggling Worms at Work by Steve Jenkins shows how worms eat their favorite food and navigate the dirt in order to help plants to grow. They can actually tie themselves in knots. Cool.
If I wanted to know how the worms themselves felt about being worms, I’d check out Doreen Cronin’s Diary of a Worm. I’d learn about worm sibling rivalry, favorite school subjects, the perks of being a worm (no cavities!) and worm house rules (don’t bother Dad when he’s eating the paper).
2. Source Material.
The Three Little Pigs, naturally. But do I want the True Story? And is there a Big Bad Bird involved, like the birds in Leo Lionni’s Inch by Inch?
Bah. It’s still bugging me. I wonder if those poor unfinished worms played pinochle.