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Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green Series)

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Gilbert has trouble coming up with ideas. First he couldn't think of a springtime poem, and now he needs an idea for an Earth Day project! Everyone else in Mrs. Byrd's class is busy working on posters about recycling and saving water and electricity, but Gilbert wants to do something original. A distressing class picnic inspires him, and he comes up with an Earth Day project that even Mrs. Byrd thinks is the best idea yet.

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Gilbert has trouble coming up with ideas. First he couldn't think of a springtime poem, and now he needs an idea for an Earth Day project! Everyone else in Mrs. Byrd's class is busy working on posters about recycling and saving water and electricity, but Gilbert wants to do something original. A distressing class picnic inspires him, and he comes up with an Earth Day project that even Mrs. Byrd thinks is the best idea yet.

With vivid, lively illustrations and a timely story about how kids really can help the world around them, Diane deGroat shows readers of all ages that sometimes the simplest solutions are right in our own backyards!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
DeGroat's recurring opossum character Gilbert is frustrated that he can't come up with a poem about spring or a project topic for Earth Day—especially since the other kids already have their ideas, like turning out lights and riding bikes. But his anxiety turns to inspiration when he finds that what he was looking for was in front of him the whole time, and he creates a presentation that satisfies both assignments. DeGroat's gestural animal characters genuinely convey common anxieties and classroom dynamics, and the green message is clear without being saccharine. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Barbara Wheatley
One of the newest stories in the "Gilbert and Friends" series shows Gilbert dealing with two school projects that have him stumped. While everyone in class easily thinks of a poem to write for spring, Gilbert wiggles and jiggles and squirms in his seat, so much that his teacher Mrs. Byrd asks if he has ants in his pants. She suggests a picnic for lunch, but when the class arrives on the hill they find it is not shady or green, but hot and littered. All the students decide to help clean up by picking up litter from all over the hill, with Gilbert picking up a half-eaten apple covered with ants. When it is finally clean enough to have a picnic, Mrs. Byrd and the class discuss things they could do to help make our earth cleaner. Later in class, she asks everyone to start working on their next project which will be for Earth Day. Once again, Gilbert can not think of an idea for his project that someone else is not already using. With advice from his parents to keep his eyes and ears open, and a little help from some ants, Gilbert is able to tackle both projects. The full and lively illustrations include illustrated thought bubbles, giving the reader an inside look into what each character is thinking in different parts of the story. This is a great story to use for Earth Day or for units about conservation or the environment. Reviewer: Barbara Wheatley
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Gilbert's class embraces springtime with poetry, picnics, and Earth Day projects, but Gilbert is jittery over his lack of ideas. While the other students come up with lines of verse and brainstorm projects, many of which show up in thought bubbles above their heads, Gilbert's are completely blank. Meanwhile Mrs. Byrd's gentle suggestion that wiggly Gilbert has "ants in his pants" has him noticing ants everywhere—and eventually they lead him in the right direction. The cartoon illustrations add detail to the story, and fans of Gilbert and friends will enjoy reading about their Earth-friendly plans in this latest addition to the series.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061765117
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Series: Gilbert and Friends Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 295,286
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane deGroat

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books about Gilbert, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green); April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books about Gilbert, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green); April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

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    Saving the planet with small steps

    My children and I discovered Gilbert one year at Thanksgiving. Since then we have enjoyed each of the books from the series. Earth Day is later this month so when I saw this book sitting with the new books at our local library we decided to borrow it. Gilbert and his class decide to go on a picnic lunch because the weather is so nice, but when they get to the picnic spot the trees have been cut down, the grass is brown and there is trash all over the place. This inspires Mrs. Byrd to assign an Earth Day project about what the children can do to make the planet a better place. Gilbert's classmates come up with recycling, using a clothes line, riding a bike instead of walking, composting and turning out the lights but he wants to come up with something that is all his own. He has a hard time coming up with an original idea and gets frustrated but then it comes to him, he can plant a tree at the picnic spot.

    I think doing things to save energy and reduce waste are so important. If we can get children in the mindset from an early age to recycle and conserve, we are taking a step towards living better and taking better care of the planet. I hate seeing things in the trash that could have been recycled or donated just because it is easier to throw them out, I like to get as much use out of each item as I can and try to take care to donate things that still can be used but that I know my family is done with. On trash day this week we had twice as much recycling as we did trash. I'd like to reduce how much waste we have period, weather trash or recycling, but I am proud of the strides we've made as a family to recycle the items we can in our community.

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