April Pulley Sayre Army Ant Parade

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Army Ant Parade

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An evocation of an army ant parade set in the rain forest.

One morning there is a strange stillness in the forest. A few birds call. There is a rustling, like rain. Suddenly insects scurry into view. The army ants are coming!

They swarm over the ground in a thick stream, searching for food. Antbirds follow them to eat the insects that flee from the swarm. Most animals escape the army ant attack, but one frog isn't so lucky: it becomes a meal. The hungry army ants move on, and soon the forest is quiet again.

Simple, evocative text and vibrant illustrations capture the drama and excitement of an army ant parade.

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About the Author:

April Pulley Sayre visited a rain forest in Panama when she was writing this book so that she could see an army ant parade in person. She loves to write about the natural world. Her books include Home at Last and If You Should Hear a Honey Guide.

Rick Chrustowski spent lots of time in zoos drawing army ants and the other South American animals that are in this book. Mr. Chrustowski lives and works in an old farmhouse on a hill in Wisconsin.

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Grade 1-3-This lushly illustrated ecological tale rests on the premise that readers are camped in a Central American rain forest to observe an army ant swarm. Short blocks of text guide them step-by-step through the experience, describing the flight of hordes of scorpions and frogs from the ants as they come to search for food; how other creatures benefit from the swarm; and, finally, the end of the swarm, when the ant column moves on. A two-page appendix offers some additional material. Chrustowski's close-up, realistic illustrations, comprised of multiple layers of colored pencil over watercolor wash, are vivid and effective, with the ants often appearing to be headed straight toward readers. Eye-catching and clearly written, this title nevertheless omits some useful information. For instance, it fails to state the average size of a swarm, and the terms larvae and pupae are not defined. Also, not all of the creatures depicted are identified. There are a number of good general introductions to ants, but little information specifically on this variety, particularly for young children. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Looking at Ants (Holiday, 1989; o.p.) does include a section, but the text is aimed at a higher reading level. Sayre's title will be a useful addition to most collections.
Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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