Mr. Worm, Señor Gusano

An uplifting and inspiring story that was created after a trip with my family to Oak Glen, California to pick apples right from the orchard.

From this trip, I brought back apples for my students, and shared with them my experience of an apple worm which seemed to be curiously peaking out of an apple to take a look at us. I almost felt as if I had interrupted his lunch. Upon sharing this experience with my students, a story began to develop. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to use as a way to motivate my students in the beauty of reading in two languages.

Hence, Mr. Worm, Señor Gusano came alive in a bilingual book for all children to enjoy. The story is written in English with English and Spanish dialogue. At the end of the book, parents and teachers will find a translation/pronunciation page.

In the story, the curious apple worm discovers that he has been eating ‘magic’ apples from a special little apple tree. Don Pablo, the wise owner of the orchard tells the worm that he can have anything if he believes… “Magic is in believing, lo mágico es en creer”… The little worm dreams of flying like a butterfly.

So, after eating the ‘magic’ apples, the little worm’s dream comes true. He grows wings magically, and flies like a butterfly. While flying around, he meets the love of his life, gets married, and the happy couple have a little baby worm. He is now Mr.Worm, Señor Gusano.

There is a tragedy in the story which you must read about. But, like in all good stories, it all turns out. And the Worms, Gusanos live happily ever after.

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Book Reviews

  • You will find fun, love, and humor while being touched with an inspirational message that “dreams can come true when you believe”.
    Isabel Elias Apodaca
    Children''s Book Author
  • This is a delightful book created for children and can be fully enjoyed by all. I love reading to my granddaughter Lauren.
    Dr. Darlene P. Robles
    LA County Superintendent
  • Mr. Worm, Señor Gusano is a beautifully illustrated story that will entertain, delight, and teach children of many ages and primary language backgrounds.
    Betty Ann Tetzke
    Supervisor of Student Teachers
  • Susan M. Heim
    Co-Author Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • A magical book in all ways. Life is full of magical impossibilities as a child. Children will love this book for it opens the doors to being whomever, whatever and however big their dreams take them!
    Jill Renee
    Children''s Book Illustrator
  • My children love bedtime stories and ever since purchasing Mr. Worm, it has become their #1 nightly request. Thank you for a wonderful story with an empowering message for all ages.
    Thomas E. Ingle
    CEO & Founder of TriTech, Inc.
  • Finally... A children's book that is beautifully illustrated with a powerful message that introduces Spanish as second language. I read this to my students and have noticed a increase in their bilingual speaking and comprehensive skills.
    Lauren Clark
    Elementary School Teacher

Book Information

  • Online eBook Price: $9.95 (Includes Full Version Online Reading/Viewing)
  • Hard Cover Price: $19.95 (Includes Shipping & Handling)
  • Collectible Edition: $49.95 (Personalized Autograph, Includes Shipping and Handling)
  • Hardcover: 65 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage Publishing Company; 1st edition (April 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978746260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978746261
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Isabel Apodaca – is an Author, Inspirational Speaker, and Educator.

Isabel's earliest years were spent living in New Mexico and Texas. She moved to the Pasadena area as a young child and still resides in Southern California.

Now that she is a retired school teacher of grades two through eight and a counselor of middle school students, her days are filled with expressing herself through her writing.

The love, joy and adventure she experienced as a teacher is kept alive in writing this children's book.

t is her desire that all children become passionate about the world of literature.

Jill Renee Delgado – is an Illustrator and Co-Founder of  Wonderland, LLC.

Jill grew up in Claremont California. Presently she reside in Rancho Cucamonga, California with her husband Dave, and sons, Brandon and Nicholas. She's passionate about art and loves to draw, her preference is animation.

As I drew Mr. Worm , I envisioned the reader wanting to pick him up and give him a big hug because he's so very cute. I know that when a child sees his transformation they will say to themselves, WOW!

Jill is thankful to her parents for supporting her art while growing up and her husband and children for all their love.

The accomplishment of the children's book, Mr. Worm, Señor Gusano, is due to the support and commitment of my team:

  • Jill Renee (Book Illustrator)
  • John Delgado (Page and Cover Designer)
  • Richard Rodriguez (Publicist)

I also want to thank the following people for their professional input:

  • Betty Ann Tetzke
  • Carol Schmidt
  • Lena Solis

I dedicate this book to my dear friend, Leana Hardgrave.

It all started with Leana’s youthful curiosity on an apple-picking trip to Oak Glenn, California.  As Leana and I were picking apples, we noticed a little worm poke its head out of an apple, and seemingly looked up at us as if it had its own curiosity and personality.  Most people would not have paid much attention to a silly little apple worm, but Leana’s gentle nature gave it importance.  That little worm is now living in this warm and sensitive story called “Mr. Worm, Señor Gusano”.

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