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Ma Jiang & The Orange Ants

Barbara Ann Porte; Illustrator-Annie Cannon

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ISBN 10: 0531302415 / ISBN 13: 9780531302415
Published by Scholastic, 2000
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Title: Ma Jiang & The Orange Ants

Publisher: Scholastic

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Good

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When her father and brothers are called to serve in the emperor's army, Ma Jiang, a young girl from long-ago China, wonders who will collect the prized orange ants that her family sells to make their living.

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Grade 1-3-A story set in long-ago China. Ma Jiang's family earns their living by selling orange ants to farmers who use them to protect their orchards from other destructive insects. The child's father and brothers climb high into the trees to cut down the nests of the fierce biting ants and her mother sells them at market in the rush-mat bags that she weaves. When war is declared, all the men must serve in the emperor's army, leaving Ma Jiang, her mother, and baby brother to fend for themselves. The society discouraged women from learning to climb trees so the family's orange-ant business seems doomed. Ma Jiang is a quick-witted heroine who invents a low-hanging trap after noticing hundreds of ants drawn to a drop of spilled honey. When her father and brothers return home, they applaud her survival skills and creative thinking. Porte deftly blends history and storytelling, including some lovely turns of phrase and subtle humor. Cannon's impressive watercolor, gouache, and sepia-ink illustrations depict the daily life of centuries-old China and capture the changing emotions of the family. A reader's note gives more information on the use of ants in farming both past and present. A captivating tale with a charming heroine who will speak to today's children.
Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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