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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 answWhat 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?...

Title : Hey, Little Ant
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ISBN : 9781883672546
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Hey, Little Ant Reviews

  • Hanna Mammo
    2019-04-21 20:38

    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 my students.

  • Laura Harrison
    2019-05-07 15:35

    One of the best children's picture books on compassion and understanding. An absolute favorite.

  • Sally Deem
    2019-04-27 18:37

    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 should do with the ant. Some students even had a change of heart about insects and how they should be respected and treated with kindness instead of played with and destroyed. What I loved best about this story is all the extensions you could do after reading. Students could learn how to debate and make solid arguments for what they want. The story ends without an ending. The reader never finds out what happens, but is posed with the question of "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?" I had students write their own ending to the story and their responses were very creative!

  • Guadalupe Ramirez
    2019-05-03 16:37

    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 a song about ants.

  • Angie Carter
    2019-05-22 22:45

    I will never step on another ant for the rest of my life and neither will you after reading this book. Or will you?

  • Seanie
    2019-05-13 20:40

    it was amaz I ng

  • katsok
    2019-04-27 16:17

    Great book for discussion in the classroom.

  • Alissa Cleveland
    2019-04-27 18:22

    1. After a boy walks up to an ant with intentions of squishing it, he reconsiders his choices. The ant pleads with the boy as to why he should let him live, sharing the similarities they have to one another. The book ends with a picture of the boys foot raised over the ant and questioning the reader as to what the boy should do.2. This is a really cute book and can bring up many topics with students in the class. There are many cultures where squishing an ant is frowned upon, while in America we see it happen all the time. I like that the book ends with a question and makes the reader decided what should be done, after hearing the ants plea.3. This book could be paired with a CD that can be bought separate from the book. The last page of the book shows the text in a song and the song can be heard at along with other songs.4. “ANT: I can see you’re big and strong, decide for yourself what’s right and wrong, if you were me and I were you, what would you want me to do?” This can be used as a mentor text and as a way to bring up a social justice issue. Students can talk about the idea of power and who holds the power in this book. It can also be used as a way to add different dialogue and bold words in their writing.

  • Robert
    2019-04-26 21:28

    I learned of this book from a colleague who reads it with her class each year. She uses it as a springboard for an opinion writing piece of whether the boy should squish the ant or not. She found an accompanying unit on I am currently working my way through the unit. I must say, the book works remarkably well for the skill.A boy encounters an ant and decides he shall squish it with his foot. The ant protests. There is a back-and-forth. The reader is left with a decision: does the boy squish the ant?There are clear reasons on both sides of the argument. I think one valuable addition to the unit would be to evaluate the viewpoints. To me, it is clear that one viewpoint is stronger than the other.This is simply told and I love that. The illustrations are wonderful! The perspective offered in them are as engaging as the story itself. I love the two "centerfolds".I've been doing this stuff for a while; it's nice to come across some new that engages me as well as my students.

  • Alecia
    2019-04-29 21:37

    My four year old, five year old and I just read this book tonight, and we loved it. The book starts with a boy about to purposefully step on an ant until the ant speaks back and tries convincing the boy to reconsider. With just dialogue and no narration, it was a great book for my son and I to read aloud. He liked reading the boy's lines, and I read the parts of the ant. I expected there to be a happy ending with the boy deciding not to squish the little ant who did a pretty good job of pleading his case, but I love how instead the final page is from the voice of a narrator asking our opinion as to what the boy should do. This book is such a great way to discuss empathy, the Golden Rule and how our actions, even little ones can impact the world or others. I also loved that the dialogue had lines that rhymed and two very clever illustrations which when you turn the book reveal the boy towering over the boy and the hypothetical situation of the ant towering over the boy ("What would you want me to do if I were you?" Highly recommend.

  • Sadia Mansoor
    2019-05-04 16:22

    Though Ants are the tiniest creatures living on land but they are certainly not the weakest, nor the ones who should be ignored by the giants beings (esp humans). This is a book about the conversation between an ant and a boy. They are arguing over whether the boy should let go of the ant or should squish it under his shoes? Ants are also living & are alive. They have families, kids and they do everything a normal grown up living being does. They should not be ignored or killed just because they are small. This is a perfect book for teaching kids that every living organism whether huge or tiny is important. Its a great learning book.Read this to your kid..

  • Theresa
    2019-05-10 18:17

    Hey, Little Ant (Hardcover) by Phillip M. Hoose another book to add to the bully proofing series of books i have collected. Hey, Little Ant shows five ways that bullies look at their own behavior. The boy questions why he can not do what he wants, that his friends support because he is who he is. This book may make the aggressor see the other side of the coin. The Ant has a great way to explain why being squashed is not desired. It shows how the victim is not just there for the bully, but has his or her own reasons and feelings. The fact that this is presented as a song is a great idea to put the ideas into the young minds of students, i hope that it helps to show them that their actions have consequences.

  • Hannah Achenbach
    2019-05-05 20:41

    Hey, Little Ant is a very creative book that causes some self reflection. This story does a great job teaching children to treat others the way they want to be treated. Hey, Little Ant is a story about a boy who initially plans to squish an ant that he comes across on the sidewalk. That is until he and the ant have a conversation about how alike they are and why ants steal food. Will the boy still choose to squish the ant?

  • Lyla Muhlenkamp
    2019-05-08 18:17

    Hey, Little Ant by Phillip Hoose is about a boy and an ant. A boy comes into contact with an ant, and wants to squish it. The ant pleads to him that he should not kill him because he has a family to go home to just like the boy does. The boy realizes that he should't kill the ant and lets him go back to the picnic to his family. This is a very interesting book that is well written and I would love to have in my future classroom some day.

  • Kristen Lunsford
    2019-05-16 21:41

    This book is all about perspective and how ants and humans look at each other. It was not my favorite book only because it was a lot of dialogue back and fourth. I enjoyed the catchy song at the end, I thought it was a good idea to get kids involved and deeper into the story. Even though I did not like this book that much, I did enjoy the vivid and colorful pictures.

  • Heaven
    2019-05-08 17:27

    I love this. This is amazing because whenever I was in an oral reading competition I got 2nd place. But then I realized I don't like because of what place I got like I because of the lesson it taught me. So I 100% give this book a 5.0 out of 5.0😄

  • Gabriella Morris
    2019-05-10 22:41

    This book shows a child perception. The ant can be seen as another person, an animal, or an actual ant. The boy wants to squish the ant and the ant pleads for him to have mercy! The ant shows the boy perspective on what it would be like if the roles were reversed.

  • Harun Harahap
    2019-05-02 18:43

    Karena kecil dan besar adalah relatif.Sesungguhnya yang kita lihat lebih kecil dari kita belum tentu tidak memiliki kehidupan yang lebih menarik daripada kita yang besar.Sesunggunya ketika merasa besar, ternyata ada yang lebih besar di luar sana.

  • Laura Molinario
    2019-04-23 21:18

    Picture Book

  • Cheri
    2019-05-10 17:29

    Good for characters point of view

  • Rachel Turner
    2019-04-26 15:29

    A young boy has decided to squish an ant and can think of many reasons why he should. But the ant has its own reasons for why he shouldn't. The boy has to make a decision, to squish or not to squish?

  • Courtney Stevens
    2019-05-09 14:26

    Discussion between Kid and Ant on the reasons to or to not squish the Ant. Wonderful illustrations and fun read. Picture book.

  • Tyler Smith
    2019-05-03 22:16

    I hadn't heard of this story until collage but it has became a favorite of mine. I would personally use this book to begin an insect lesson. I believe it shows the perspective of an ants life.

  • Brianna
    2019-04-21 14:18

    This is a cute book about why the kid should not squish the ant. A good way to begin a persuasive essay. You can have your class write out the reasons the kid should or should not squish the ant.

  • Sharon McCague
    2019-05-15 20:34

    Great illustrations. A cliffhanger and moral dilemma for children.

  • Samantha Hagler
    2019-05-09 15:19

    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 you think the kid should do?"It was a brilliant idea for the authors to end this book in this way because it allows many extended activities to do with the students after reading the book. The students can learn about taking different perspectives by either writing about how the ant feels or how the boy feels. The students can also write their own ending whether the boy squishes the ant or not. Persuasion is a great topic to teach with this book and how to write a persuasive writing by writing a letter to the boy why he should not step on the ant or vice versa. This book is told more through the eyes of the ant, and it would be good to have the kids tell the story through the boys eyes. Also, this can extend into a character building activity on whether it is a good idea to step on small creatures.

  • Lauren Mocny-Branum
    2019-05-12 20:32

    Hey, Little Ant (Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Nominee, 1999) is the book that I recommend anytime someone is looking for a book about perspectives, bullying, or social justice. This book is a saving grace, and something that I wish I had read when I was younger, when attempting to understand different positions of society. This book is not just great for building empathy, it’s a genuinely good story written in an easy-to-follow sing songy format. The book is about a little ant who is about to get squished. The little ant looks up and starts talking to the boy who would do the squishing. This written conversation format between large and small is thought-provoking and can teach any age about considering life through someone else’s eyes. This could be used for many different things in a classroom. Hey, Little Ant could be used as a think aloud for modeling different strategies. Since the book ends without knowing what the boy chose to do with the ant, it could be a fun “what would you do? Why?” group conversation/ pair share, or students could even write their own ending to the story. This book is now 20 years old and is still relevant today in any society. The illustrations are fantastic for their ability to convey size and feeling, and are realistic as well as detailed.

  • Suz
    2019-05-02 16:35

    Can you believe that the 20th-Anniversary edition is already out? Phillip and Hannah Hoose created a great book to talk about bullying and the Golden Rule when they wrote Hey, Little Ant. The boy in the story decides to squish the ant because it is so small, it is a game his friends play, ants steal food from humans, etc. He has plenty of reasons to list, including "ants can't feel." How many times has that been used as an excuse for mistreatment of someone or some group? If they are different from us, then they must not feel things the way we do. But the ant has reasons not to be squished, including - "you are a giant and giants can't know how it feels to be an ant."Picked as a Reading Rainbow book, this is a story that helps showcase the need for empathy. If the roles were reversed, would you want someone to squish you? And it is easy to put another verb in place of squish, perhaps hit, push, call names, etc. The use of books to help deal with emotions and difficult situations has been well-known for a long time, but this could be a poster child for bibliotherapy.Highly recommended for parents and teachers of elementary age children, whether they are dealing with bullying and empathy issues or simply enjoy a good story.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-13 16:23

    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, dialogue that flows easily, and the end of the book allows them to pick the end. Another really awesome part about the book was that it ended with sheet music and the dialogue from the book as lyrics and the whole book was turned into a song! Any classroom would love to sing about the boy and ant especially if they go to pick their part. The piece is very well-rounded because it provides the reader with the opportunity to decide right and wrong and essentially write their own ending. The dialogue follows that of a debate format where each side brings up their reasons and counter argues the other side’s arguments. The story itself is engaging and the illustrations are unique and appealing.

  • Hannah Melberg
    2019-05-05 15:16

    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 he was squished because he is so strong and helps build the nest and helps feed baby ants. My favorite part of the books is when they reverse the rolls and have the any be the giant and the little boy the size of the any to see how it feels to be so small. At the end of the author leaves it up to the readers to what the boy should do. Squish the ant or let it be. I think this would be a great book to use in my future classroom when doing a bug unit. I really liked the illustrations in this book and how on some of the pages you had to actually flip to book around so see the picture.