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Oye, Hormiguita

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  454 ratings  ·  108 reviews
The Spanish translation of bestseller HEY, LITTLE ANT is now available in paperback.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Tricycle Press (first published July 1st 1998)
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Laura Harrison
One of the best children's picture books on compassion and understanding. An absolute favorite.
I hate it how the kid is so mean.
Guadalupe Ramirez
I love this book because it is different from any other children's book that I have read. For one thing it is scripted. It is also written from the perspective of the ant to the boy. The end is very thought provoking it states, "Should the ant get squished? Should the ant go free? It's up to the kid, not up to me. We'll leave the kid with the raised-up shoe. What do you think that kid should do?" Hence, this is great for a discussion on right and wrong. At the very end of the book there is also ...more
Sally Deem
This story is told from two different perspectives. The first is a boy, who is thinking about squishing an ant he finds on the sidewalk. The second is an ant, who is creating an argument with the boy about why his life should be spared. The story is a dialogue between the two, creating reasons for their point of view.

I read this story to my first grade students. They loved the humorous dialogue between the two characters and the book created a lot of discussion and debate about what the boy sho
Erika Gentry
Spotted this picture book at the library and read it to my kids. Was intrigued since I teach 4th grade and we do an integrated ant unit at the end of the school year. Positives: Alternating perspective/voice between a boy and an ant-should the boy squish the ant or should the ant live? Teachers could use this as an example of how to write two different voices or as a debate as to whether the ant should live or not. Creative writing could ensue! Found my own two kids showed empathy for the ant an ...more
Hanna Mammo
Apr 08, 2014 Hanna Mammo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents/teacher/children (pre-k to 3rd)
Really cool and interesting story of a boy that who almost smashes an ant but instead talks with the ant and begins to see the world in the eyes of a tiny little ant. This is a cool book that would go great in teaching students about different perspectives and personal opinions. The book is written in the ants perspective as well as the boy perspective showing a great contrast of how each see things in the world. I would probably use this in a think aloud modeling different think strategies for ...more
Hannah Melberg
This book was about a conversation between a boy and an ant. Throughout the book it was the conversation between the boy and the ant going back and forth as to why the little boy should squish the ant. The little boy’s argument was about how he thinks that ants are pointless and they don’t have a family and they can’t feel and it wouldn’t even hurt them if someone squished them. The ant was trying to tell the little boy that it doesn’t matter the size. That his nest mates would be very upset if ...more
This book is about a boy who goes to squish an ant and is quite surprised when the ant talks back. The ant is adamant the boy should not squish him and starts to provide many reasons. The boy talks back and provides his own reasons for wanting to squish the little ant. The two bicker and the book ends with the reader deciding what happens to the ant, whether he is squished or let go.

The style of the book would be very appealing to younger readers because it involves colorful illustrations, dial
Samantha Hagler
This was an excellent read and very cute, I loved it! This story is about a young boy who is about to squish an ant, but before he can the ant starts talking to him. Throughout the book the ant and the boy hold a dialogue where the ant is trying to persuade the boy why he should not step on him. At the end of the book the author leaves an open ending saying "Should the ant get squished? Should the ant go free? It's up to the kid, not up to me. We'll leave the kid with the raised-up shoe. What do ...more
Jessica Vu
I LOVE this book because it is different from any other children's book that I have read.

For one thing it is scripted. It is also written from the perspective of the ant to the boy. Children could reverse it and write it from the perspective of the boy to the ant. Or, studetns could write a scrit between themselves and something that wouldn't nomally talk, say the apple they are about to eat. Students can act out their play with a friend.

The end is very thought provoking it states, "Should the
Kara Thomas
This book is just phenomenal. I love the sing song language. I always read the kid in a deeper voice, like the giant he is and the ant in a squeaky voice like the tiny creature he is. This is a popular read in my 3-4 preschool classroom and my 6 year old son loves it as well. Another great feature is that the book doesn't give children the answer and they get to fill in the blank for themselves.
Christina Fonner
I liked this book because it shows kids not to squish living things because they are like humans in a way as well. Ants also have a family who needs to eat so a crumb of a chip will feed their whole swarm of ants and that is nothing compared to what we need to fill our stomachs. I feel the author did grab the audience attention by actually using the pictures and drawing one into the story.
Great book for teaching persuasive writing as well as point of view. A boy is planning to step on an ant and gives his reasons: the ant is little, it doesn't have feelings, it steals food, no one will miss the ant, his friends want him to. At the same time, the ant is asking the boy not to and giving reasons he should be saved. What will happen?

Meghan Newton
This story is about a boy who is contemplating squishing an ant just for fun because his friends say so. Right before he puts his food down to squish the ant he hears the ants plea not to squish him. The ant tries to explain to the boy that even though he is bigger than the ant they are alike in so many ways. They both have families and lives of their own. The ant also tells the boy to think about the situation if it were reversed and how he would feel about to be squashed. This really makes the ...more
Ashley Storms
Students will invest into this picture book that outlines whether or not a certain boy should step on a certain ant. I observed this book being used in practicum for a prompt for persuasive writing. Students loved writing about what ever side they were on. Recommended for primary and intermediate.
Ana Grubac
Nov 18, 2014 Ana Grubac rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, teaching compassion
One of the best books ever written to teach compassion. Alternate points of view from the boy (who wants to squish the ant), and the ant who is trying to explain to the boy that he is very much like him. Written in verse that make a great song kids love to sing with great illustrations and a very powerful message with all, this is one of my all time favorites. It is bound to inspire great discussions, especially with the end like this:

Should the ant get squished? Should the ant go free?
It's up
This is a great book to look at perspective. It would also be a great book for children to build interest in animals. Personally, this book was not my favorite. However, it does start good discussions about bullying that will be helpful to introduce to students and use in the classroom.
This book teaches students about perspective. This book teaches students about what it feels like to be an ant. Students learn about looking at things from a new perspective as well as respecting everything no matter how small it is.
Melina Kinder
My daughter LOVED this book. She asked me to read it over and over again. I like that they pose a question to the reader at the end. It really helps little kids think about the point of view of the ant
Jane Humane
*Program Worthy*
Ideal Age Range: 4-10
Length: Picture Book
Topic(s): making kind choices, empathy, animal welfare for young learners.
Strengths: very well written, puts child in the 'driver's seat' to make a humane choice.
Weaknesses: None
Notes: Awesome book that illustrates the importance and need for kindness for each living thing .
Interesting. Like a poem. Cool. We didn't get to see the ending, we have to imagine that ourselves. We enjoyed watching a video of the song on youtube.
"He wants to kill an ant but the ant does not want to be killed. I liked all of it. I thought it was funny. That's all I liked about the book."
Jennifer Velez
Imagine having a ant talk to you back when you were about to squish it? This is exactly what happened in this story, a kid was going to squish a little ant, but the little ant talked and told the boy not to squish her. The book is about the conversation the boy and the ant had, while they were saying how they are alike and different. The story is told in both the ant's point of view and the boy's point of view, so it would be a good book to teach students about point of view. Not only would it b ...more
I think the main idea for this book is treat others the way you want to be treated. A boy wants to kill an ant but the ant pleaded him not to because he has a family counting on him to survive because he is the strongest in his family. The boy thinks that ants are bad because they steal picnic food. But the ant said they need to steal so they can survive! The book doesn't tell did the boy step on the ant or not. But I don't think he should because what if he is an ant and the ant is a boy!? He ...more
Hey, Little Ant is a book about a boy that likes to squish ants because of what ants are associated with such as stealing food and biting. The ant, however, asks the boy to take a look at his life and he would see that they are one in the same. The ant has a family and does things just like the boy. At the end, it asks the audience what they think the boy should do with the ant. This book is great to explain the difference from right and wrong. Students could write about how they would feel if t ...more
Hey Nurse
When I taught preschool the kids loved this book. It's a debate by the ant that makes you see a tiny ant in a new way.
Rescue Me!
What if the ant you were about to step on started talking back, and told you about the world from his point of view? This thought-provoking book might help you look at tiny creatures in a different way.
This is a very thoughtful book that provides the reader with two different perspectives, the little boy and the ant. They both provide reasoning’s as to why the ant should or should not get squashed. At the end, the author leaves the book up to the reader to make a decision, would you or would you not squash the ant?

Book can be used to teach persuasive writing. Could also be incorporated into a lesson using compare and contrast perspectives, provide pros and cons. Could also be extended to teac
Jordan Lee
This is a book about a boy who second guesses himself as to step on an ant and kill it or not. The ant bargains with him and explains that he is really not that different from the boy. I think that students may take this book the wrong way and may think that it is telling them they should step on ants. I would take that as an opportunity to teach the students that insects are not all that bad. They are an important part of an eco-system and stepping on them is not necessarily the best thing to d ...more
Sandi Prescott
Good for teaching perspective and prediction.
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