Ants Rule: The Long and Short of It – Bob Barner

  Ants Rule: The Long and Short of It – Bob Barner, Holiday House, (9780823436606), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? You can throw away your rulers. There’s a new mode of measurement in town — ants! As part of their preparations for the Bug Jamboree, adorable ants measure other bugs using themselves as the unit of measurement. A ruler composed of ants runs along the bottom of many of the pages. Their findings, displayed in a chart, make it easy to see that a caterpillar is four ants long, but the bee is only two ants long. Vocabulary for comparing sizes is introduced, “Who is longer? Caterpillar or Bee?”  Other ways to organize data (pie chart, table) are shown, too. All the bugs are so cute and cheerful. At the end, the ants reveal the wonderful surprise they made – a big roller coaster Buggy Go Round for all the bugs to use that is so large, it takes up a double set of foldout pages!

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to anyone who would like to teach beginning math concepts to young children in a fun way. The large, clear images on white background and short text make this a winner for storytime.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school classrooms and libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve in 530.8.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  3/24/17

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