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Ant Cities (Lets Read and Find Out Books) (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) Paperback – June 23, 1988


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Kindergarten-Grade 3 Dorros introduces ant communities by examining the harvester ant. The book includes information on the organization of the ant community, the specialization of ant roles within the community, and some of the physical characteristics of ant life. The pages on the harvester ant are followed by brief descriptions of several different types of ants, all chosen to catch a child's interest. The book ends with instructions for making a simple ant farm. The material is presented in simple language and large print. The illustrations, which are cartoon - like, colorful, and amusing, make the text more comprehensible and add interest to the book. One problem is that some terms, like larvae and pupae, are never defined, and there are limited contextual clues to their meaning. Still, this is an adequate introduction to a subject that fascinates the bug-minded, and it will be a useful addition to the science section. Ellen Loughran, Brooklyn Public Library
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Did you ever wonder where an ant goes when it disappears into an anthill? Underneath the hill there may be miles of tunnels and hundreds of rooms. Read to find out how to make your own ant farm!

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 02 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (June 23, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064450791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064450799
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Arthur Dorros is the writer of many popular books, a number of which he also illustrated. His best-selling stories include Abuela, which was called "a book to set any child dreaming" and one of the "100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know." Along with awards including ALA Notable Book and Best of the Year for his fiction, his nonfiction books such as Ant Cities are widely recognized, with an Orbis Pictus and numerous Outstanding Science Book awards. He enjoys visiting schools internationally to work with young writers and illustrators.

More information can be found at www.arthurdorros.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike from Boston on February 1, 2010
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Bought this to go along with ant farm for my 5 year old. Just what I was looking for -- easy to follow, not too technical but not silly, intereting, and engaging. Wonderfully illustrated.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Real Reader on January 8, 2009
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This is a very nice and informative book. I got it for my nephew who is 7 and he really enjoyed it. I bought it to go along with the ant farm I gave to him for his birthday. It was on back order but he still was intrigued with it when it came.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda on June 17, 2013
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This book is a must for studying ants. I owned it once, but it got lost. So I had to order it again since no unit on ants is complete without this book. It shows different rooms inside the ant hill down below. I also do an art project where the children cut out the inside of the an anthill using the large construction paper. Using scissors cut in and out making long and short curvey strips keeping the construction paper in one piece. You will see the whole picture after you read the book. This is an excellent book to show all the different jobs the worker ants perform in their homes, from the nursery to the grave yard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Bee on January 29, 2010
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Book was entertaining for the kids (2 & 4 yrs old) and very educational. I bought this book to go along with the gel ant farm I also bought for them. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KReiss on January 8, 2013
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We bought this book as a companion to an ant farm. It's very educational, well written and nicely illustrated. There is quite a lot of information about ant colonies, including the life cycles of the ant, how they communicate, and their communities. The book is recommended for ages 5 to 9, and I agree that's right on target. The amount and content of some of the information was above my three year old's comprehension, but it held his interest none the less. Great for now and for growing with. I think this one have a long-lived home in our bookshelf.
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The text in this early reader picture book is delightful. Brief and yet full of information and just about anything one could think to ask about basic facts of ants and then some. Children will become fascinated and want their own ant farm as described on the last page. I'd like to try another ant farm myself now! I just don't like the illustrations; Dorros draws wish-washy scenes and the faces on his kids make them all appear to be grimacing; however, he does have an incredible talent for drawing the intricate mazes of the insides of an ant hill. There are many of such drawings and they are fascinating to look at. Worth the buy. However this is too modern for my collection and is off to the thrift store.
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By Mom2Miles on September 23, 2012
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I purchased this book along with an ant farm for my 3 year old bug fanantic and it was a huge hit! It is a great book to read to them and he also will look through it himself. Teaches lots of facts about different types of ants, including their habitats. He even chose to take to show and tell at school and the prek kids all enjoyed hearing about ants. I'm excited to order more books in this series.
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By Leslie on November 7, 2011
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We purchased this book at the same time as an ant farm and found it to be the perfect companion! My 4-year old son was very interested in the book and absorbed every fact and detail, sharing them with his preschool teacher and class. We read it many times and I highly recommend it, especially if you're purchasing an ant farm at the same time.
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