Those Amazing Ants

Those Amazing Ants

by Patricia Brennan Demuth, S.D. Schindler
     
 

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Vivid, detailed pictures of everyday life in one amazing anthill provide a background for a simple, fact-filled narrative about that fascinating creature, the ant. Readers learn how ants care for the queen, how they watch over baby ants, how they find food, and more.

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Vivid, detailed pictures of everyday life in one amazing anthill provide a background for a simple, fact-filled narrative about that fascinating creature, the ant. Readers learn how ants care for the queen, how they watch over baby ants, how they find food, and more.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Simple, chatty language attempts to help children relate the ant's world to their own (the insect's underground habitat is described as a tidy home much like an apartment building.) The first page states that all ants walking around are females-``So whenever you see an ant, you can call it she!'' The use of imprecise vocabulary sometimes results in rather confusing information; near the end of the book, Demuth mentions that male ants do exist and explains that they are the ones with wings, but then continues to describe how the queen, once she has mated, rips off her wings. Larvae are called worms; descriptions of specific behaviors of some types of ants are mentioned, but no species names are given. Roles of various colony members-from worker to queen-are mentioned, as are brief details about their cooperative way of working. Schindler's illustrations are large, appealing, and give an interesting peek inside an anthill. Attractive, muted background tones reflect the earth and surrounding environment. The format is appealing and the large type is appropriate for young readers. This book may spark curiosity in the subject, but needs support from other sources such as Arthur Dorros's Ant Cities (Crowell, 1987), which presents similar material using a more appropriate scientific vocabulary.-Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442459328
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
01/26/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

S. D. Schindler is the popular and versatile illustrator of many books for children, including Big Pumpkin and the ALA Notable Book Don't Fidget a Feather, both by Erica Silverman, How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky, and Johnny Appleseed by Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benét. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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