WORM STORY by Robert Tallon


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Like Flea Story and Fish Story (both 1977), this incident in the life of Tiny Worm is uninspired foolishness. Begging Fat Bird to teach him to fly, Tiny has only friendship to offer in return; but, snorts Fat Bird, ""I can fly from tree to tree; I can go anyplace I want to. I don't need friends."" The value of having friends is brought home to him, however, when he lures the gullible Tiny to his nest, laughs off the promise of wings, and prepares for a wormburger dinner--only to be assured on his perch by Tiny's teach-me-too worm friends. Seeing the worms turn would be amusing if that was the point of the story--or if they didn't, literally and unaccountably, fly at him from all angles. Painting them every color of the rainbow doesn't help either.

Pub Date: March 6th, 1978
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston