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Ant Plays Bear (Easy-to-Read,Viking) Hardcover – July 1, 1997


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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-2?Children who enjoyed My Brother Ant (Viking, 1996) will welcome the return of these two likable siblings. The tender, easy-to-read stories double as touching vignettes about the nuances of older/younger brother relationships. While Ant is sometimes a pest, his big brother always indulges him. When Ant wants to play bear, he becomes frightened by the older boy's realistic growls, until he is assured that the noises are not really coming from an animal. Ant is bothered by a noise at the window until he is shown that it is only the tapping of a tree. In the final story, the siblings discover that they are going to be the exact same thing when they grow up?men! Beginning readers will appreciate the subtleties underneath the simplicity of the stories. Simont's understated illustrations are perfect companions to Byars's text; they reinforce the action and hint at the underlying affection between the two boys despite Ant's sometimes trying antics. A deserving purchase.?Christy Norris, Valley Cottage Library, NY
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From Kirkus Reviews

An enchanting companion to My Brother Ant (1996). Little brother Anthony, known as Ant, wants his big brother--the narrator--to be a bear. The narrator plays the part so well that Ant becomes a little worried, and decides to end the game. In the second story, Ant wants to be a dog when his brother's new friend comes to visit, but becomes a boy when he finds out that the friend is capable of playing mean tricks on dogs. Third, Ant wants an explanation for the tap-tap-tapping on the bedroom window. Best of all, though, is the last story, in which Ant discovers what he wants to be when he grows up. In very short chapters, the love and exasperation common between siblings and the sweet thrill of everyday life are laid out for beginning readers who are sure to be delighted. The language is perfectly transparent, plain but full of feeling, and the illustrations, for all their artful simplicity, glow with universal appeal. Byars and Simont prove that within the closest of strictures--the easy-to-read format--brilliance can be achieved. (Fiction. 6-9) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 130L (What's this?)
  • Series: Easy-to-Read,Viking (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670867764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670867769
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,619,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Betsy Byars is a Newbery Medal winner and a National Book Award winner. Her books have appeared on the best books lists of the American Library Association, School Library Journal, and American Bookseller, among others.

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