Hey, Little Ant

Hey, Little Ant


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What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen? What if your friends saw you hesitate? That’s what happens in this funny, thought-provoking book. Originally a song by a father-daughter team, this conversation between two creatures, large and small, is bound to inspire important discussions. It might even answer that classic childhood question: To squish or not to squish?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781883672546
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/28/1998
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 22,690
Product dimensions: 8.75(w) x 11.13(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Phillip Hoose is the author of five books, including the Christopher Award—winning It’s Our World, Too! For more than twenty years he has been a staff member of the Nature Conservancy, working to protect habitats of endangered species, including ants. He is a founding member of the Children’s Music Network and a guitar player in The Hoose Family band. For more information about Phillip Hoose visit www.heylittleant.com.

Hannah Hoose is an actress, dancer, keyboardist, and student in Portland, Maine. She has appeared in many productions for the Children’s Theater of Maine. Hannah was nine when she and her father wrote “Hey, Little Ant.” In performance, she plays the child who raises her foot up over the insect, played by her father. This is her first book.

Debbie Tilley’s other books include Dinosaur Dinner, Riddleicious, Riddleightful, and Oops! She lives in southern California with her two cats, Vinnie and Howard, and Millie the dog.

Read an Excerpt

KID: Hey, little ant down in the crack,
Can you hear me? Can you talk back?
See my shoe, can you see that?
Well, now it’s gonna squish you flat!

ANT: Please, oh please, do not squish me,
Chang e your mind and let me be,
I’m on my way with a crumb of pie,
Please, oh please, don’t make me die!

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Hey, Little Ant 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only a fun read . . .not just a discussion starter with your kids . . .but may also cause you to consider your own attitudes. Whimsical and delightful illustrations accompany the rhyming text.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. My 5 yr old son just loves it and it is one of those read it again, and again books. The ending will leave your child in real suspense. Will he squish the ant or won't he? Teaches a great lesson about the value of life without being the least bit preachy. Highly recommend.
Dana1 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story for pre-schoolers and beginner readers. It is written from their perspective and encourages them to ponder what is right. The illustrations are perfect with the story. A great read aloud book!
DavisPamelag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hey, Little Ant is a book written by a father and daughter that tells a story about an ant and a little boy and is written from the ant¿s point of view. The story itself is about a little boy at school who comes across an ant and is about to squish it when the ant talks to him. The story ends by asking the question ¿What do you think that kid should do?¿ which allows the student to determine the ant¿s fate. The story is a perfect example of the Golden Rule. I found this book to be extremely poignant example of bullying, written at such a level that even early elementary children can understand the negative effects of bullying. Classroom extensions include allowing the children to answer the author¿s question by writing a closing paragraph to the story. Visual art project could include allowing the children to illustrate through drawing and/or coloring based on their written paragraph depicting whether the ant is squished or not
Schuman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another favorite. It starts out with the kid talking about how easy it would be to squish the ant. Each page rotates between the kid and the ant, so it is great for two people to read together, one the ant and the other the kid. It ends with "what should the kid do, squish the ant or let him go free? What would you do? It gets kids thinking about the ants point of view, as well as how all animals must feel.
dcarlill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A conversation between a boy and an ant causes critical thinking among students. Nearly all children will have a personal connection with this story because at one time or another, they--or someone they know--would contemplate squishing an ant--or another insect, bug, or creepy crawler.Content: habitats of endangered species Common topics include bullying ("Have you ever felt like the ant?"), killing ("Well, what if it's a bee?") and the connectedness of living things ("Do you think the ant's as important as the child?"). The ant, pleading its case, compares it's life to that of the boy. At the end, we don't know what the boy chooses, but the author leaves the reader hanging...what would you do?
ssajj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Hey Little Ant!" is a beautifully illustrated picture book that offers a means to initiate dialogue and have students begin to consider the value of life, any life. It is a rhyming exchange between a young boy and an ant that the boy wants to squish. The ant pleads for the boy not to kill him and in doing so educates him, and the reader, about daily activities of an ant. The author leaves the decision to the reader by leaving the boy with a lifted shoe and asking the reader: "What do you think the kid should do?"
rmbowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hey, little readers! This wonderfully illustrated and original book truly highlights the golden rule. Large corloful illustrations fill each page as the readers explore the ants perspective. However, in the end it is up to the students to decide the fate of the little ant, keeping the themed question mind, "What if you were the ant, would you want someone to squish you?"
ht107821 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a little boy who finds himself in a situation that he must make a very big dicision. To squish the little ant under his shoe. The boy is just about to squish when the ant talks back and starts to compare his own life to that of the boy in a way to pursuade the boy to let him live. The boy sees no comparision and wants to put his shoe on down on top of the ant. Then the ant ask him if the boy were in his shoes what would he want the ant to doo. The boy think and thinks and starts to wonder. The book ends on a note that gives the children a chance to answer there own question...What should the boy do? This is a great discussion story and gets the children envolved.Extention ideas would be discussion on big and small. How the boy was so big and the ant was so small. Give them a chance to work out in their own minds something else that might be big and small.Another idea would be to go outside and observe the many things that are big and small and talk out with the children. Hey you never know, you might run into an ant or too.
eburkham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy who wants to squish an ant. The story is told from the ant¿s point-of-view. The ant asks the boy if he would like it if he was being treated the way he was treating the ant. I loved this story. I liked how it was told from the ant¿s point-of-view. The ant was minding his own business, and the boy was just being a bully to him because he can.Extension Ideas:I would have my students write their own story from an animal¿s point-of-view. I would ask my students to really explore what the animal might think and feel. I would have my students discuss all the ways ants might be helpful to the world, and how they play a part in the life-cycle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun read. I have a special ed (self-contained classroom), and we had a lively discussion about the book.
ClematisGS More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy who wants to squish an ant. The ant gives him reasons not to and the boy gives reason that it would be good to squish him. This book could be used in an elementary classroom as a mentor text for persuasive writing. Great story and the kids will like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this story, 'Hey Little Ant', by Phillip and Hannah Hoose, the boy really wants to squish the ant, but the ant really doesn't want the boy to squish him. So, the boy and the ant talk about if the ant should be squished. The ant says things to try and get the boys ideas about squishing him out of his mind, or until the bell rings. In the end, the recess bell rings and the author leaves us hanging. Did the ant get squished or not? We do not know. You should read this funny and scary story about families. All ages would like this book. It would make a good bed time story for everybody!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. Each illustration has a sense of movement and presence that makes them seem to come off the page. The details are very rewarding, and will encourages your youngster to look closely. After reading this book, I suggest that you also talk about where parents and children should be more considerate of each other in what they ask and expect. The relative size differences there are important. You may be surprised to find that your children are a little more intimidated by you than you intended. If so, this book can have a wonderful application in your family . . . as well as in nature. By the way, I avoid hurting any living creature . . . so I found this book especially charming. See the world through the eyes of others and other creatures! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Till, when they come to the valley of the ants, one of the ants said" O, ants enter your dwellings, lest Suleiman and his hosts crush you, while they perceive not.( suret al-naml 18 - ants) "In this verse, there is a clear evidence that ants have a language to understand one another and Allah gifted Suleiman with the ability to hear and understand these sounds. The scientists attempt to grasp these acoustic signals that ants utter. Yet, they distinguished four different kinds of these sounds after very long years of watching." This is from 14 centuries. From the glorious Qura'an. It should be time for those who have doubts about Mohammad to question themselves... Ants talk here: http://home.olemiss.edu/~hickling/ More to read here: http://www.bismikaallahuma.org/archi...-in-the-quran/ And here: http://knol.google.com/k/ahmed-abdo/ants-speak/1nf8rodgg6k5e/1# __________ who is Dr. Maurice Bucaille..?