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Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg
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Two Bad Ants (1988)

by Chris Van Allsburg

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    The Author of the Acacia Seeds [short story] by Ursula K. Le Guin (lquilter)
    lquilter: Two Bad Ants is a children's picture book about life from the perspective of ants ... "The Author of the Acacia Seeds" is Ursula Le Guin's more adult-oriented story. I'd love to read these two together.
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Elementary
  SteppLibrary | Apr 27, 2018 |
News travels fast in the tunnels of the ant world. And this news is the discovery of a marvelous crystal. When the queen ant declares the crystal to be most delicious, the ants are eager to please her and set out on a long journey to bring back all the crystals they can carry. But danger lies on every side. Are the crystals worth the terrible ordeal the ants face?

When the ants find the crystals, each chooses one to carry back to the queen. There are so many crystals in this place; two ants linger and decide to stay behind. But there are unknown dangers in this strange place, and the ants may find themselves in jeopardy.

This picture book will keep young readers mesmerized; the kitchen illustrations are amazing, the well-told story offers a gentle lesson in making choices and discovering what is most important.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Mar 13, 2018 |
When an ant scout returns home with a mysterious crystal, the queen ant decides it is the most delicious food she has ever tasted. That evening the other ants, wishing to make the queen happy, set off on a journey to fetch home as many of these crystals as they can carry. The journey is a dangerous one.
This is an excellent mentor text for inferencing and prediction, it requires kids to do a lot of inferring to figure out where the ants are and what exactly they are doing.

The narrator speaks metaphorically throughout the entire book, leaving readers guessing at what’s really happening to these two bad ants.
Here is a link to teacher notes for this book. http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/thepolarexpress/tg/twobadants.shtml
  Scopuslrc | Oct 17, 2017 |
"When two bad ants desert from their colony, they experience a dangerous adventure that convinces them to return to their former safety." This is a cute tale about two ants who stray from the rests of the ants and get themselves into dangerous situations all because they get greedy with the sugar the find.
  KimHoffmann | Jul 15, 2017 |
"Two Bad Ants" is about two ants that decide to leave home and go out on their own. They run into a lot of scary things that they don't quite understand and decide to come home. I have read some reviews that think this story is about obeying your elders and not rocking the boat, but I didn't see it that way. I thought this is a great story to teach children that even when they leave home, you, as their parent, will always be there for them if things get tough. You can always go home.

The illustrations were great. They are different from a lot of Van Allsburg but still awesome. ( )
  Emma_Manolis | Jun 27, 2017 |
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The three-time Caldecott medalist tells the tale of two ants who decide to leave the safety of the others to venture into a danger-laden kitchen.

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When two bad ants desert from their colony, they experience a dangerous adventure that convinces them to return to their former safety.

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