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One Hundred Hungry Ants Paperback – September 27, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 27, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395971233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395971239
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Rhymed verse propels a spirited math lesson. "The unexpected pairing of sophisticated art and lighthearted text lends this book particular distinction," said PW. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

A rhyming text describes the progress of one hundred ants marching toward a picnic. To travel faster, one ant suggests dividing into two lines of fifty, then four lines of twenty-five, and finally ten lines of ten. Their frantic reorganization takes so long that the picnic is gone by the time they arrive. The illustrations, which look like linoleum cuts, use a pleasing palette and energetic lines to depict ants with highly individual characters.
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"A first-time author and illustrator are off to an impressive start in this spirited story . . . The unexpected pairing of sophisticated art and light-hearted text lends this book particular distinction." Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

Elinor Pinczes and Randall Enos have collaborated together on another book for children, My Full Moon Is Square. Ms. Pinczes is the author of several other books for young readers. She lives with her husband in Bozeman, Montana. Mr. Enos's illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, and newspapers for more than forty-five years. He lives in Easton, Connecticut, with his wife.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book, for learning and just for fun reading.
L. MB
The rhythm of the rhyming works pretty well, and the pictures are very clever, adding a lot of enjoyment to the story.
Paula Burch
What a wonderful tool for teaching multiplication, division, and grouping strategies!
Sharon R Lindars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Paula Burch on April 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
My kindergartener and I were talking about money, one day, and he volunteered that he'd learned that ten dimes make a dollar when his kindergarten teacher read "One Hundred Hungry Ants". This book has no discussion of money, but it teaches that 100 equals 2 times 50, 4 times 25, 5 times 20, and 10 times 10, just the right lesson for him at that time. The rhythm of the rhyming works pretty well, and the pictures are very clever, adding a lot of enjoyment to the story. This one is worth reading again and again, if that's the kind of child you have.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sharon R Lindars on June 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful tool for teaching multiplication, division, and grouping strategies! The ants march in 1 group of 100, 2 groups of 50, 4 groups of 25, etc. This book is useful and enjoyable for all elementary classrooms. Students love modeling the ants' groups, drawing new patterns, and even writing a new (happier) ending for the story.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By mommyofchristopher on March 3, 2006
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This book was sent home with 100 unifex cubes to use along with the book. We used the cubes as the ants. We started off with one line of 100 cubes (as the ants). Then, in the story, they split into 2 lines of 50, so we split our cubes, too. Then, 4 lines of 25, and so on.... Excellent book to use with the cubes to demonstract how many different ways to make 100.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Moore on December 16, 2010
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I really wanted to like this book and it had me up until the last couple of pages.
The art is great & I like the tempo of the story as the ants divide into shorter & shorter rows in order to make better time but the ending is a total let down!

The story leaves you with the impression that math is useless and is a waste of time. The ants reap no reward for doing the smart thing and are even mad at the little ant that suggested dividing up. The ending implies that they would have made it to the picnic in time if only they hadn't wasted all that time dividing into shorter rows - ultimately not a positive math message at all.
I like a good quirky kids story where thing don't end the way you might expect & not everyone is nice but this one falls short of quirky & just ends on a bad note.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Evans on March 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Waiting to give a presentation to my daughter's 5th grade class, I spotted ONE HUNDRED HUNGRY ANTS on display in the library and had enough time to read it and loved it! I wrote down the title and returned to my office to order additional copies. One for me and one for my vice president. But not for the fabulous graphics or the math concepts. Rather this story also has a "strategic business" spin...at least I was able to draw that interpretation. In fact, because of my mind-set, I saw this story as a great example of what can happen when leadership and strategic focus are not strong! While you may eventually get to your destination, will it be in time to reap the desired outcomes and rewards of your plan? Or will the continual process checking and redirection ultimately became a roadblock to success. The same can be true in many life and business situations. It's a message that I found particularly relevant and clearly presented in a fun and enjoyable format.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amanda M. Moralis on May 14, 2006
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My son LOVES this book! It is now one of his favorites, along with The Greedy Triangle. My son is high-functioning autistic and is obsessed with numbers - he loves to play with calculators, adding machines, and cash registers. So this book was right up his alley. He seems to be understanding the math lessons behind the book, as well, so it is both entertaining and educational for him. Highly recommended for math-curious kids.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. Spring on August 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
There may be many books about math, but I have yet found any that go beyond 10 or sometimes 20. I found this book interesting, fun and quite beautiful with its slate blue muted tones. I thought the graphics where so calming. The added bonus was my 7 year old daughter enjoyed the book and wanted to read it over and over!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Oliver on March 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is fabulous and a staple in any good elementary classroom. I love teaching arrays with this book. I use pattern tiles and 1cm graph paper to create the different arrays and then cut them out and place them on display to understand multiplication, addition and area. I used a visual software called Kidspiration 3 to create these arrays on the Smartboard. (Digital Interactive Whiteboard)
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