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Are You an Ant? (Up The Garden Path / Backyard Books)

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Backyard Books: Are You an Ant? by Judy Allen with illustrations by Tudor Humphries will give children who love to track ants an inside look at the everyday life of this fascinating insect, as they explore the similarities and differences to themselves.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 13th 2004 by Kingfisher
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Vayda Williams
A really informative, but engaging non-fiction picture books for young readers. Gross, but enjoyable, especially for the boys.
Dominique Woodbridge
I liked this book because it was very informative. It provided information on an aunts entire life, from birth to death. I would use this book for read-aloud in a first grade classroom. It can be related to science because it is all about ants. It could be used for a science unit on insects. This book has great images and even better descriptions and information. The end of the book compares and contrasts ants to humans, which I think would be very informative for young children. Another part of ...more
Sandy Brehl
One of several titles in this science series, readable text with an appealing use of second person voice is used to fully explore the life of an ant, from the ant's point of view. Illustrations are appealing while incorporating accurate and informative science. Content answers and generates questions for further investigation.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: edsl-520
Themes- ants, food chains, life cycles.
Classroom use- talk about the difference between mammals and insects (humans/ants), have students draw the life of a different ant from the end of the book ant in a comic and research the type of ant that they're drawing. Go outside, take pictures if ants in action, and place them in a collage of life cycle stages/jobs.
Carrie Gelson
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not know about "anting" - where birds pick up the ants and put them under their wings because the acid in their bodies kills the ticks that bite the birds! So many interesting facts in these little books.a
Nov 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fascinating look at ants - how they are born, where and how they live, their characteristics and the different jobs they do. The ending is a bit disjointed, but overall the book is informative and interesting.
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are several of these books about several insects, and I highly recommend them. This book is written in second person, teaching you about ants while immersing you in their daily lives. Beautiful illustrations give a sense of scale.
A far more interesting story than I expected. One really learns about ants here and the illustrations are just as good as the text. This is written for the reader to learn about the life cycle of an ant and the work they do.

Nicely done!
Skye Kilaen
Entomology with a whimsical touch. Allen talks directly to the reader in a very engaging way. My preschool son was completely drawn in. Whenever I’d read the first line “Are you an ant?” he would yell “No!”

Are You a Butterfly? and Are You a Ladybug? are also good.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Great illustrations. Informative text is easy to understand.
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Judy Allen is an award-winning author whose novel Awaiting Developments was short-listed for the Whitbread Children's Novel Award.

Judy Allen, along with illustrator Tudor Humphries, created Kingfisher's award-winning Backyard Books series and many other successful books, including the Reading Rainbow selections Tiger and Seal.
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