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Children's LiteratureThere is an amazing amount of ant information packed into this offering from a promising new series. The clear organization and format, and generous amount of white space make all this information accessible to a fairly wide age range. The book is anchored by a conversationally simple text in large type aimed at the youngest reader with questions and main points highlighted in bold to help break up the text. The reader is gently invited to Ting Morris enter into the ant world and observe it more closely. For the older more inquiring mind, the book provides more detailed scientific information presented in smaller print and accented with varied pastel colors and delicately drawn illustrations. The ants themselves are quite appealing without being anthropomorphized. The bright colors of nature add to the book's attractiveness. Descriptions of a variety of ant species and behaviors, and a clearly presented diagram of an ant body are included in the book. Ant development is described and illustrated and then repeated and summarized in a double-page spread life cycle at the end of the book. The book includes a useful glossary and index. The end papers are an extra bonus of entomological information and serve to tie the series together. The format is reminiscent of the successful "New True Books," but this book includes far more information. Science teachers and nature enthusiasts will look forward to other books in the "Creepy Crawly World" series. 2005, Smart Apple Media, Ages 6 to 9.