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The Life and Times of the Ant Paperback – April 17, 2006
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Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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The pictures are drawn in a cartoon like style. They were neat to look at while reading.
This would make a great read aloud for elementry classroom during a science unit on ants. Lots of great information is presented in a kid friendly way.
My daughter, who is about to finish second grade, was hysterical when she saw the crawling ant on the kitchen floor. I was really getting worried because she had real tears crawling down her pink cheeks. She instructed me to "Kill it!" "Kill it!", repeatedly.
She didn't want to be anywhere near an ant. We left the house in a hurry and I took her to the Webster Public Library. There, we looked up a book on ants. We found a very good one, "The Life and Times of the Ant" by Charles Micucci. In this book, we learned the difference between male ants and female ants. Male ants have wings and can fly. Almost all ants we've ever seen turned out to be girls. My daughter was intrigued by this fact. What else is there to learn about ants? We learned that an ant's stomach appears to be in its butt...she burst out a laughter. Then we learned how clean ants are; because they constantly clean themselves. We learned that ants can hear from their legs! We learned that ants socialize like humans, and get to know each other by touch. "Just like Hellen Keller!" My daughter chimed.
We left the library to buy an ant farm. So we went to the Hobby Lobby store, and bought Uncle Milton's Ant Farm. In the car, my daughter opens the box.
"Yes, sweet heart?"
"Can you please buy me ants?"
Of course I got on her case for first telling me to kill an ant, and now she wants me to buy one! I said, No. Would you like to go home and find some ants? She yelled, YES!
I think the text is simplified, and the vocabulary is controlled to accommodate younger readers, but in my opinion that turns out to be a plus for an adult reader who just wants to enjoy knowing more about the natural world. The writing does not proffer childish attitudes toward nature or an attempt to make things "cute." Though engaging, it does not insult the intelligence and seriousness of either adults or children.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's not really a story as much as it is a nonfiction telling of how ants live. It's well illustrated and very well detailed.Published 1 day ago by Eileen
Love these books. We also own the bee one. Such vast amounts of info and our daughter loves it! It's amazing how much she retains from these books.Published 1 month ago by cm
My grandson loves this book. At age four, he is fascinated by insects.Published 3 months ago by Eva
A very happy mom when I see my kids reading...what more can I say!Published 4 months ago by Nathan Westfall
I got this for my husband, Impossible to buy for. I got him the ants and the farm.Published 8 months ago by J. Huff
I got this along with a gel ant farm (lighted) for my son's 8th birthday. He was skeptical of the farm and the book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Garcia