- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 and up
- Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 29 pages
- Publisher: Holiday House; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823420345
- ISBN-13: 978-0823420346
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,461,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Killer Ants Hardcover – September 1, 2009
From School Library Journal
Grade 3–5—This colorful introduction examines four types of unusually aggressive, predatory ants. After a spread covering the insects in general, separate sections of varying lengths briefly describe the outstanding physical characteristics of army, driver, fire, and bulldog ants; their habitats; nests; behavior (particularly their methods of attack); diet and feeding habits; and the danger they pose to humans. A few dramatic encounters are related. The army ant section also describes life cycle; the functions the queen, males, and workers perform within the colony; communication; and a typical "raid." Realistic, vivid color drawings of these creatures accompany the text on every page; a few illustrations are larger. While the majority of this sensationalistic work is clearly written, there is a confusing discrepancy regarding army-ant diet. One sentence states that the ants "…eat only invertebrates…" and merely sting vertebrates, but another, on the same page, declares that "Any creature in their path has to run for its life." Also, the book opens with an account of hunters thwarting an army-ant attack on caged animals by setting a fire. It is unclear if this was an actual incident. Sandra Markle's Army Ants (Lerner, 2005) gives a clearer description of the ants' behavior and is a better choice for reports. It affirms that they will prey on any animal, points out their role as scavengers, offers more detail on a typical raid, and is illustrated with sharp, close-up photographs. Nirgiotis's title is good for browsing.—Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library END
About the Author
Emma Stevenson is a graduate of University College Falmouth in Cornwall, England. Her debut illustrations forEggs, by Marilyn Singer, were called "striking and nicely detailed" byBooklistand "meticulous" byThe Bulletin. She lives in England.
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Top Customer Reviews
There are "more than thirteen thousand species of ants," but not all of them are fearsome creatures. There are leaf-cutters (farmers and gardeners), harvesters, "cattle-tending" ants, and honeypot ants. Ants can be found around the world with the exception of a few places like Antarctica. In this book you'll be learning about the killer ants that are a menace to all living creatures who unfortunately cross their path. You'll learn about their habitats, their life cycles, how they go after their prey, their physiology, the types of workers in the colonies, and many other interesting facts. Did you know that fire ants can actually save "themselves from drowning in a flood?" You'll have to read the book to find out how they do it!
This book is so interesting even the most reluctant reader will want to snatch it up and read about the wide variety of killer ants. The story starts out with the exciting scenario of the zookeeper and his men trying to make sure the animals are safe from attack, an approach that will rivet the reader. The artwork is very well done and quite appealing. I like the blend of facts and how the author gives his writing a little bit of zip by adding a little vignette about something that happened with the ants. For example, it was very interesting to learn about how "some cruel kings used to punish criminals" in Africa with driver ants. This book is fun, informative and will be a sure fire winner with kids and adults alike!