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Hey, Little Ant [Paperback]

Hey Little Ant Edition: First
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439085659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439085656
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 20.3 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,937,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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KID: Hey, little ant down in the crack, Can you hear me? Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Do You Think That Kid Should Do? 8 May 2004
Kid: "Hey, little ant . . . ./See my shoe, can you see that?/Well, now, it's gonna squish you flat!"
This situation opens the book. The story then evolves into a dialogue between ant and kid to decide the ant's fate.
The kid feels like he can do what he wants if the ant cannot talk back, but his ant can. The ant begs for his life. Then the kid argues that ants don't feel, and no one will miss him. The ant points out that he will be missed. The kid argues that ants steal from people, and the ant protests that they only take a little. The kid says that his friends expect him to squish the ant, and the ant asks the kid to exchange places in his mind. "If you were me and I were you,/What would you want me to do?"
The book ends with "What do you think that kid should do?" This question is a nice set-up for a thoughtful discussion with your child. Unlike many books that proclaim the correct judgment, this one certainly suggests that the ant not be squished but leaves the question open. You can ask how your child's answer might change if other creatures are involved (a mosquito, a worm, a caterpillar, a butterfly, and so forth).
The rhyming scheme in the book is also set to music in the back, so you can also play and sing the book together.
Phillip Hoose is on the staff of the Nature Conservancy. His daughter and co-author, Hannah, was 9 when they wrote this book together. So another pleasure of changing perspectives here is to realize that parents and children can write books and songs together!
The illustrations are very wonderful. In several sequences, the two page spreads are developed vertically rather than horizontally. Ms. Tilley does this very well to portray the giant kid looming over the ant, and later the imaginary giant ant dominating the kid.
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I was one of the editors who read the text version of Hey, Little Ant and loved it. Much to my sorrow, my company decided not to publish it. Hey Little Ant is a delightful book to read (or sing) aloud and perfect way to introduce children to valuing all living creatures. I'm pleased that Tricycle published it, giving it wonderful illustrations that children find very appealing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-READ picture book! 23 Feb 1999
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This book is SO wonderful. And it has to be read aloud. I use it for my Storytimes (I'm a children's librarian) and the kids love it. And I especially like how the ending is left up in the air so the kids have to decide for themselves what happens. Bravo Phillip Hoose!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! 16 Aug 1998
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This is a very cute children's book. It's about a boy who is being pressured into squishing an ant. It has a wonderful and creative dialogue between the ant and the boy. At the end it lets the reader decide whether the boy should squish the ant or not. It's very fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 20 April 1999
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As an elementary school teacher (1st grade), I come across many books. I must say that this book is one of the best. The children get very excitied. :)
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