One Hundred Hungry Ants is not only a spirited and whimsical picture book story, it also serves as a fun visual introduction to math.
Hi dee ho! It's off to a picnic we go!
One hundred very hungry ants hurry to sample the delights of a picnic, but marching in a single file seems too slow for 100 empty stomachs.
The smallest ant of all suggests they travel in two rows of 50, four rows of 25 . . . and the division begins.
In five-star reviews, both teachers and parents report enjoying this book. As one put it: "My four-year-old loves this book! It has a silly cute repetitive song, and teaches about division and multiplication."
Elinor Pinczes and Randall Enos have collaborated together on another book for children, My Full Moon Is Square. Ms. Pinczes is the author of several other books for young readers. She lives with her husband in Bozeman, Montana. Mr. Enos’s illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, and newspapers for more than forty-five years. He lives in Easton, Connecticut, with his wife.
"A first-time author and illustrator are off to an impressive start in this spirited story . . . The unexpected pairing of sophisticated art and light-hearted text lends this book particular distinction." Publishers Weekly
A rhyming text describes the progress of one hundred ants marching toward a picnic. To travel faster, one ant suggests dividing into two lines of fifty, then four lines of twenty-five, and finally ten lines of ten. Their frantic reorganization takes so long that the picnic is gone by the time they arrive. The illustrations, which look like linoleum cuts, use a pleasing palette and energetic lines to depict ants with highly individual characters.
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