Wiggles the Worm: On an Adventure for Truth - Michael Acresti

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8.5" x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm) 
Full Color Bleed on White paper
28 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1535167345 
ISBN-10: 1535167343 
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Bedtime & Dreams

Wiggles is an adventurous little worm who has a sense that there is more to life beyond the dark tunnels that he calls home. Despite the caution that he receives from the old “wise” worms that play it safe in the shadows on sunny days, he is determined to leave his comfort zone and take a leap of faith into the broad daylight. Factually speaking this is a dangerous endeavor for a real worm as darkness lets them avoid being dried out by the sun. If their skin dries out, they can no longer breathe. Light paralyzes them if they're in it more than an hour. Then they can't move back to the safety of the soil.

The symbolism in this story adds an interesting connection between worms and our sinful nature. Here’s the key to symbolism: light=truth, rain=blessings, dirt=sin, shadows=place of fear, dark tunnels=world. This story provides a fun way for parents to introduce their children to a crucial truth that reveals the deep human need for a Savior(scripture references: Isaiah 41:14, Psalm 22:6, John 3:16-19). Secondly, it can help kids understand why the truth can be uncomfortable, but that through faith the truth can set them free and give them a love for the light. Lastly, it teaches that faith is an adventure, and that we can expect great things as we step out of our comfort zone.

Along with presenting a vital truth this story also invites children to join in with Wiggles on an adventure where they can act out parts like, “Are you ready? Let’s go! Wiggle up, wiggle down, and wiggle all around.” On a personal note, my 3 boys ages 4, 6, and 7 love to interact with Wiggles in this way!