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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Explains how ants live and work together to build and maintain their cities.

Explains how ants live and work together to build and maintain their cities.

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Explains how ants live and work together to build and maintain their cities.

Explains how ants live and work together to build and maintain their cities.

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K-Gr 3 Dorros introduces ant communities by examining the harvester ant. The book includes information on the organization of the ant community, the specialization of ant roles within the community, and some of the physical characteristics of ant life. The pages on the harvester ant are followed by brief descriptions of several different types of ants, all chosen to catch a child's interest. The book ends with instructions for making a simple ant farm. The material is presented in simple language and large print. The illustrations, which are cartoon - like, colorful, and amusing, make the text more comprehensible and add interest to the book. One problem is that some terms, like larvae and pupae, are never defined, and there are limited contextual clues to their meaning. Still, this is an adequate introduction to a subject that fascinates the bug-minded, and it will be a useful addition to the science section. Ellen Loughran, Brooklyn Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833520197
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1988
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series: Stage 2
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Dorros is a real-life papÁ. He learned Spanish while living in Latin America and helped teach his son, Alex, the language. One of Alex's first words was "agua," and Arthur called him "Agua Man."

Arthur Dorros is the author of many books for children, including JULIO'S Magic, a CLASP AmÉricas Award Commended Title, and the popular Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book Ant Cities. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009


    Informative and interesting study of a fascinating underworld! Colorful illustrations, easy to understand facts, and relevant information make this book a valuable resource for any classroom or home. Kids of all ages will benefit from reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2007

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    ¿Ant Cities¿ is a Let¿s-Read-and-Find-Out Science Book by Arthur Dorros. This book was published in 1987. Dorros was born in Washington, DC on May 19, 1950. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin. On the side of writing and illustrating books, he also does photography. One of his passions is nature, which is wonderfully shown in the science books he has written. ¿Ant Cities¿ is a book that informs children about the organization, the specialization roles, and some of the physical characteristics about ants and their community. In this book it tells why and how ants build their nest, ¿the ants build that hill to live in, and each ant has work to do.¿ Throughout several pages, the book goes into more explanation about Harvest Ants, such as the foods they eat, the queen ant who lays a number of eggs, the identification of different Harvest ants, and the different duties ants have to do. Not all ants like the same food, and ¿there are over 10,000 kinds of ants.¿ The book gives a few details of several different ants that eat different foods, such as Thief and Army ants. Different ants also build different cities to live in, ¿Janitor ants make their nests in hollowed-out tree wigs.¿ Ants can make their cities almost anywhere, and some ant cities have a bunch of ants while others just have a few. To find out how to make your own ant farm, read this book. You will see up close how ants work and live. This books genre is Informational. It is a very simple, cute book, and children will learn many things about ants. Children will definitely enjoy reading this book, because it is easy to read and understand. The illustrations are nicely done as well. I would recommend this book to both children and teachers. It is an excellent book to use in a curriculum unit on social insects, ants. This books age range is 5 to 9. Dorros, Arthur. Ant Cities. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1987.

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