by Cindy Derby
40 Pages; ages 4-8
Roaring Brook Press, 2019
theme: imagination, bugs
My name is Amariyah, and I am an Expert Walker.
As in, she walks things. But not dogs. Not goldfish either. Amariyah walks ants – and she’s going to share her top tips so you, too, could walk ants for fun and profit!
I like the footnotes – yes, you most certainly can have footnotes in a picture book!
I like that Amariyah carefully explains how to secure a leash so as to not harm the ant. Not around the antennae, but between the thorax and the head. Not sure where that is? No problem – Appendix 2 illustrates ant anatomy. Yes, you most certainly can include appendices in a picture book!
I love that Amariyah calculates estimated ant travel times and touches on the potential problems of entanglement when walking multiple ants. It’s like herding cats, only with more legs.
But what I really love is that Amariyah encounters another insect walker, and after a tragic accident (resulting in bug burials) they start a joint venture. And yes! there is Back Matter.
Beyond the Book:
Go on an Ant Walk - with no strings attached. Just find some ants and follow them. You might want to draw a picture of what your ants look like (what color they are, how many legs, whether they have big heads with scary jaws). Definitely make a map to show where your ant goes.
How many kinds of Ants live in your neighborhood? Here's an ant chart to help you out.
Make up a song for walking ants (or any other animal)...
More ant activities here!
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The illustrations in this book just hit the right part of my funny bone. I just got this one from the library and enjoyed it. But I keep returning to the illustrations. Can't seem to get enough of their quirkiness.ReplyDelete
This looks hilarious! Young kids would be very intrigued.ReplyDelete
I just ordered this book while reading the post. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for telling me about it. It sounds adorable.ReplyDelete
This looks like such a funny book. Can't wait to find and read it.ReplyDelete