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One Hundred Hungry Ants Paperback – September 27, 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1999 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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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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