Ants (Nature's Friends)

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Introduces distinguishing characteristics, life cycles, and different types of ants.

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Ann Heinrichs is a Capstone Press author.

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Grade 2-4-A quick look at the well-known workaholics of the insect world. Heinrichs outlines the creatures' anatomy, senses, social structure, life cycle, and ecological importance. Eye-catching, full-color photographs appear on every spread; most of the shots are close-ups showing the ants many times their actual size. Pages with miscellaneous facts, directions for conducting an observational experiment, and a list of addresses for several institutions with insect exhibits are appended. While this title has a visually appealing format, no topic is discussed in any detail and useful information has been omitted. Some species are significantly bigger than others, but they all look about the same size here. Also, there is no mention as to where any of the six different kinds of ants profiled can be found. In the section on anatomy, the text states that "Some kinds of ants have wings on the thorax, too," but it doesn't explain that most species produce queens and males with wings at mating time. The section on army ants states that they "-do not build nests"; however, the text fails to mention that they do use their bodies to construct temporary nests, or bivouacs, to protect the queen and larvae. Rebecca Stefoff's Ant (Benchmark, 1997) covers the same material in more detail, and discusses the behavior of most of the same kinds of ants. Its smaller color photos, also of good quality, show the various species of ants engaged in a greater variety of activities, providing a clearer picture of their daily lives.
Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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