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Title:
The life and times of the ant
Author:
Micucci, Charles.
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Publication Information:
Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin Company, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Describes the evolution, physical characteristics, behavior, and social nature of ants.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NC 950 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.5 1.0 68169.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.4 3 Quiz: 36429 Guided reading level: S.
Electronic Access:
Publisher description http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/hm031/2002000478.html
ISBN:
9780618005598
Format :
Book

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Summary

Not mighty in size, but mighty in resourcefulness and industry, the ant has crawled the earth since prehistoric times. It has dwelt in rain-forest tree trunks and acorns of oak trees, beneath logs, and under sidewalks. It has protected forests by capturing insects, cleared weeds away from acacia trees, and by growing gardens has released important nutrients into the soil. Seed-lifters, dirt-diggers, social beings, ants have the most advanced brain of all insects! So watch where you step,especially on a warm day: a small but mighty ant may be underfoot.


Author Notes

Charles Micucci's other books with Houghton Mifflin include The Life and Times of the Honeybee and The Life and Times of the Peanut. He lives in New York City.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 1^-4. This companion to The Life and Times of the Honeybee (1995) and The Life and Times of the Peanut (1997) offers succinct text and an impressive amount of information presented in an attractive, picture-book format. Micucci discusses the longevity of this species, communication techniques, social structure of the colony, body parts, habitats, variety among ants, and the species' role in recycling. Topics are presented on illustrated double-page spreads comprising a main block of text and numerous, captioned illustrations. Most of the artwork is realistic, although the author anthropomorphizes in a few drawings (an ant wearing a hard hat drives a front loader; the ant queen wears a crown and carries a scepter). Overall, the presentation is informative, stimulating, and attractive, with just enough humor to reel in the intended audience. A good choice for report writers and for browsers. --Kay Weisman


Publisher's Weekly Review

From house plants to ant colonies, The Life and Times of the Ant by Charles Micucci comes to the fore with cutaway views and detailed explanations of the ant community's inner workings. A spread of an anthill shows how it "absorbs the sun's rays and transfers the heat down into the nest," while a cutaway view shows the insects' "house," complete with "day nursery" and "night nursery" as well as a "room" for food storage. Other watercolor illustrations demonstrate how "ants dig tunnels under streams and other obstacles." No creatures of leisure, the ants lead busy lives indeed. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Micucci's cheerful account emphasizes the prolific insect's impressive history, industry, and sociability. Each busy spread introduces an aspect of the ant's life cycle and its work in tunneling and maintaining the colony. Brief text is accompanied by an informative array of captioned watercolor sketches. Cartoon figures of ants in human guise are liberally sprinkled among the more factual drawings. As in the author's other "life and times" volumes (apples, honeybees, peanuts), the deftly done layout has the appearance of the kind of homely miscellany often appealing to children while offering a well-organized overview of the subject. A further reading list of adult and children's books appears in small print on the verso of the title page where it will hardly be noticed. An absorbing compendium.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Masters of the Earthp. 4
Friends in Low Placesp. 6
The Ant Familyp. 8
Inside an Anthillp. 10
House Plantsp. 12
The Ant's Bodyp. 14
A Life of Workp. 16
Show Me the Wayp. 18
Grass Root Highwaysp. 20
An Ant Calendarp. 22
Kinds of Antsp. 24
Recycling the Rain Forestp. 26
A Dangerous Worldp. 28
Tunneling Through Timep. 30