In this book in the Denver Museum Insect Books series, kids find out how a colony of ants works together, learn about the ant life cycle and ant bodies, experiment with their sense of smell to see how ants find food, and build an ant nest out of modeling clay.
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In this book in the Denver Museum Insect Books series, kids find out how a colony of ants works together, learn about the ant life cycle and ant bodies, experiment with their sense of smell to see how ants find food, and build an ant nest out of modeling clay.
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Children's Literature
Young readers will enjoy learning about this pesky and yet fascinating member of the insect family. The over-size volume is slim and suits young hands well. Brilliant color photos, drawings and other graphics perfectly accompany the easy-to-read text. The life cycle of the ant, how they dig their tunnels and work in the colony is discussed. Readers will learn that harvester ants chew seeds to make a mushy ant bread that is enjoyed by the colony. Youngsters will also discover that some army ant queens lay up to four million eggs a year. The life cycle of the ant is fully described in colorful and simple illustrations. Readers will learn this cycle starts with the egg, no bigger than a grain of sand, to larva stage where worker ants feed and care for the eggs, to the pupa stage where the larva spins a cocoon around the body and finally to the adult ant stage when worker ants bite open the cocoon to allow the new ant to crawl out. The book also engages the reader with hands-on activities. Readers will make an ant nest out of modeling clay, they will draw, capture and observe ants and learn how to make an ant model from Styrofoam balls and pipe cleaners. An "ant word" glossary is included and an index completes the book. An excellent and engaging volume for the library media centers in primary or intermediate classrooms. 2004, Kids Can Press, Ages 4 to 7.
—Sue Reichard
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-These simple introductions combine short blocks of large-print text with colorful photos. Each two-page section focuses on a different topic: the physical and behavioral characteristics of ants and honeybees, respectively, and the insects' ecological importance. Ants also mentions a few distinctive characteristics of several species; Bees briefly describes honey making. Each book contains four related craft projects and simple experiments with step-by-step directions. The abundant illustrations consist of photographs (close-ups of the insects in their natural setting or depictions of beaming children holding completed projects) and realistic drawings (simple anatomical diagrams and depictions of life cycles). Each book ends with a page with small photos of several different species. While these loosely organized titles are clearly written, they only skim over the basics. Bees is somewhat flawed by oversimplification. For instance, while explaining the symbiotic relationship between bees and flowers, the text refers to the organisms as "buddies," a word that condescends to children as well as being anthropomorphic. While they lack anatomical diagrams or craft projects, Arthur Dorros's Ant Cities (HarperCollins, 1987) and Joyce Milton's Honeybees (Grosset & Dunlap, 2003) offer more detailed descriptions of behavior, nest-building, life cycles, etc., than Hodge's titles. Still, teachers searching for easy science activities may find Ants useful.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Straightforward, pleasing explorations of two common insects presented by and with photographs from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Each describes the insect's body, diet, life cycle, and community in a perfect amount of detail for this age. Both books offer hands-on activities, though Ants, with its child-friendly experiment on the sense of smell, contains more science than the making of model flowers in Bees (1-55337-065-1; paper 1-55337-656-0). (On the other hand, the latter gets to talk about all that honey.) The photographs and illustrations are accurate, lively, and clear; particularly fine close-ups show the queen ant laying heaps of eggs and a worker bee coated in pollen. Well-designed, well thought-out, these will satisfy young listeners and encourage further research in slightly older kids. (Nonfiction. 3-8)
New books in the Denver museum of Nature and Science series do a good job of combining age-appropriate projects to reinforce learning with just plain facts. ... A great way to bring a bit of the outdoors inside.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553370666
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Series: Denver Museum Insect Books Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Julian Mulock is the illustrator of numerous books for young readers. He started life as a scientific illustrator at the Royal Ontario Museum and specializes in wild life themes. He lives and works in Toronto.

Deborah Hodge is a former educational consultant and curriculum designer and the author of the Kids Can Press Wildlife series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

The Dirt on Ants 4
An Ant 6
Build an Ant 8
No Place Like Home 10
Down Under 12
Ants in Action 14
Meet the Ants 16
Ready, Set, Grow! 18
Snug as a Bug 20
Hungry Ants 22
Find the Food! 24
The Ants Go Marching 26
Ants in Nature 28
Other Ants 30
Ant Words 31
Index 32
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