- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint. edition (March 29, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395631165
- ISBN-13: 978-0395631164
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One Hundred Hungry Ants Hardcover – March 29, 1993
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A first-time author and illustrator are off to an impressive start in this spirited story, whose message might well be "divide and conquer." Pinczes's bouncy rhymed verse introduces 100 ants marching in single file en route to a picnic, where "There'll be lots of yummies / for our hungry tummies, / A hey and a hi dee ho!" But the littlest ant decides they're moving too slowly, and suggests a new formation--"with 2 lines of 50 / we'd get there soon, I know." But not, however, soon enough: as he spies other animals scurrying by with food, he fears there will be nothing left to eat. Hoping to speed the pace, he directs his fellow marchers to break into four columns of 25; then five rows of 20; and finally 10 lines of 10. The subliminal math lesson is a bonus for youngsters at the older edge of the intended audience, while readers of any age will relish the unexpected ending. Reminiscent of woodblocks, MacKain's illustrations work superbly on a child's level--the unexpected pairing of sophisticated art and lighthearted text lends this book particular distinction. The comical facial expressions of these ravenous creatures, rendered in unusual and subtle hues, reinforce the tale's winning drollery. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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and marching in a row.
“We’re going to a picnic!
A hey and a hi dee ho!”
A couple days ago, ants invaded our kitchen from all fronts. From under cabinets, through little cracks between the molding and floor, and through the window they marched with purpose, having discovered a bounty of crumbs and sticky spills.
I went to war.
The battle lasted the entire day and I showed no mercy. I sprayed a little, mopped a lot, cleaned cabinets and ran to the store for twelve of the most powerful ant traps I could buy. All the while, I kept thinking about this children’s book, One Hundred Hungry Ants. We read it many times to our kids when they were younger and were just learning the early concepts of math.
One hundred ants head out to a picnic, marching in a row. The littlest ant thinks they are “moving way too slow” and he has an idea. So begins the math lesson embedded in this cute story about sets of ten and grouping. It’s a nice story that introduces math in a fun way. Will the ants reach the picnic in time? Curl up with your little one and have a look. And if there’s no food at the picnic, I’m sure the ants will find something in our kitchen!
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.