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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, these creatures' life comes to the fore with cutaway views and detailed explanations of the ant community's inner workings," noted PW. Ages 5-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-Micucci stresses the long history and continuing importance of a social insect that thrives in habitats from deserts to jungles. From body structure to communication and colony organization, this overview, enhanced by numerous watercolor illustrations, should encourage readers to seek out and observe the industrious insect that can be found almost anywhere. (c) Copyright 2011. 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