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Children's LiteratureYoung 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.