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Fantasy Bugs: ANTics: Kids Fantasy Books, Modern Fantasy Kids Fiction, Fantasy Action and Adventure Insects Kindle Edition
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"This is a really cool story about a kingdom of ants whose inhabitANTS have the most creative names I have ever seen. This intriguing and fun story is quite refreshing, and a cute concept for the children's market. "ANTics" is a well-done tale that will enchant boys and girls in elementary school and some older kids too. "ANTics" is a great written work that will teach love, friendship and unity to our kids. These are values that many children don't have these days when parents don't have the time to teach them."
4* Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite.
"It surprised me to learn that I could actually feel concern for ants, and harbor resentment toward a spider! The author really accomplished quite a remarkable feat, developing insect characters that the reader would actually care about!
Another innovative thing Dakota did was to end the story in an interactive way, inviting the young readers for whom this story is written to suggest a new, more appropriate name for HesitANT, and/or to write a short "news report" of the final results of the day's events." --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- File size : 7611 KB
- Publication date : December 31, 2013
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 138 pages
- Publisher : Dakota Douglas; 1st edition (December 31, 2013)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B008EKVXB8
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,522,091 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Having been a Sociology major in college I love the sociological and psychological mapping of these problems unto a society of ANTs which made learning how to deal with problems easier for the book’s young readers to understand.
Trying to “teach” a young reader how to deal with these daily issues they might face each day is not as easy as you might think it is. To begin with an author cAN’T simply write about these topics; they must be sure of two things.
First, they must be sure that they’re not talking down to its young reader. If they do, believe or not the reader will know it and shut down to what’s being said in what they’re reading.
Second, they must be sure that they’re not hitting its young reader over the head with the lesson[s] they book is trying to convey. This is another reason why a child might lose interest in what they’re reading.
Ms. Douglas’ book has succeeded to overcoming these hurdles to make the book what it is. A GREAT TEACHER.
While books like these can be used as a great tool to communicate certain topics to a child, there is a downside. The downside is getting someone [parents] to buy them.
For the effort, Ms. Douglas has made in producing this book, I’m happy to give it 5 STARS.
There were some very clever use of the English language which kept me interested as an ex-English teacher.
The story involving the ants is interesting and enjoyable. There is plenty of situations that the ants have to resolve, and I found it very easy to picture the scenes. Loved it!
The trio, Zube, Brill and HesitANT, manage to escape the wicked spider, RepungnANT’s, (nicknamed Puggy) web only to find themselves battling Mrs Fairweather’s vacuum cleaner and learning about the wonders of other human inventions.
The adventure continues and the young ants find themselves floating down the river with the spider close behind. They cleverly use their wits and out-smart him again. There are even more adventures including a cat fight, being trapped in a tin can and other strange and imaginative things.
This story also offers a valuable lesson about bullying and so-called cowardice. One of the ants, HesitANT, is so named because he’s not willing to join in and is not as forward as many other ants. He is bullied by the other ants and it is obvious that he has low self-esteem and confidence. Zube and Brill, however, are willing to give him a chance and although there are some misgivings, HesitANT ends up having to face the hideous spider and outwit him on his own.
We meet some other interesting creatures too. There’s the friendly worm named by the ants, PleasANT and the beautiful butterfly ElegANT.
The author cleverly uses words that end in ‘ant’ to name her characters. These names also give the reader an idea about the types of personalities each character has. For example, Zube’s full name is ExuberANT.
This book clearly has an educational component but the details of ant life are cleverly woven throughout the tale. Young readers will, not only be impressed with this information, they will be delighted with the antics of the three heroes.
Teachers and parents will really appreciate the interactive ideas presented at the end of this book, too.
I, for one, am going to put my vote forward for the name of the characters in the next book. I would highly recommend you all do the same.
I’m looking forward to reading it.