for Thinking about Ants
by Barbara Brenner
and Carol Schwartz
In a compelling introduction to ants, Barbara Brenner reaches her young audience with just the right combination of objectivity and empathy: "In the ant nest, everyone has a job. What would you do if you were an ant? Would you hunt for food for everyone to share? Would you help to build the nest? Could you carry something twice as big as you? Would you lick the ant eggs and feed the little larvae that hatch out? Would you help an ant come out from a cocoon? The ants that do these things are worker ants." Her words encourage young listeners to think about ants in the context of a systematic, scientific approach that provides basic information about physiology and behavior. Carol Schwartz's realistic gouache paintings give us an appealing close-up view of the ant's world, showing us some things we can observe first-hand, such as the shape of an ant's body or the fact some ants live inside people's houses, and other things we can't: the inside of an ant nest or a queen laying eggs, for instance. Both text and pictures are so clear and vivid that the book will make an excellent selection for reading aloud in preschool story times, as well as an obvious choice for sidewalk scientists. (Ages 2-5)
CCBC Choices 1997. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1997. Used with permission.
How would it be, to be an ant?
You might be black, blue, brown, or red. You would have six legs and a body with just three parts. You might live inside a dead tree or under a rock. Rain, toads, and even other ants might be your enemies. When you put yourself in an ant's place and think about things from the ant's point of view, the world is quite different.
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