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The Life and Times of the Ant

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Charles Micucci's other books with Houghton Mifflin include The Life and Times of the Honeybee and The Life and Times of the Peanut. He lives in New York City.


Gr 2-5-Micucci stresses the long history and continuing importance of a social insect that thrives in habitats from deserts to jungles. From body structure to communication and colony organization, this overview, enhanced by numerous watercolor illustrations, should encourage readers to seek out and observe the industrious insect that can be found almost anywhere. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From house plants to ant colonies, The Life and Times of the Ant by Charles Micucci comes to the fore with cutaway views and detailed explanations of the ant community's inner workings. A spread of an anthill shows how it "absorbs the sun's rays and transfers the heat down into the nest," while a cutaway view shows the insects' "house," complete with "day nursery" and "night nursery" as well as a "room" for food storage. Other watercolor illustrations demonstrate how "ants dig tunnels under streams and other obstacles." No creatures of leisure, the ants lead busy lives indeed.

"Micucci"s cheerful account emphasizes the prolific insect"s impressive history, industry, and sociability. An absorbing compendium."

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