After the warmest November on record, the desert marigolds are still blooming strong.
For STEM Friday this week we have a new picture book about ants, Just Like Us! Ants by Bridget Heos and illustrated by David Clark.
Although the cartoon illustrations may make it look like this isn't a serious book, don't be fooled. It covers all the facts and concepts you would expect in a nonfiction book in a way that will attract the most reluctant of readers. To make it even more enjoyable the author compares what ants can do to what humans do, putting ants in perspective.
Just Like Us! Ants is not simply a rehash of previous children's books about ants, either. The author reveals recent scientific discoveries, such as how bigheaded ant larvae process food for the colony or how fire ants build rafts to float on water.
Check out this video from BBC that shows fire ant rafts and some of the dangers they encounter while in the water.
(By the way, the winged ant they discuss once the colony makes landfall is not actually the colony's queen. She is a sister ant that will fly off to start her own colony in the near future. Some ant biologists call the female winged ants "princesses.")
Back to the book, it you are looking for a fun and informative introduction to the world of ants, then Just Like Us! Ants is for you.
Ant-Themed Hands-On Activities:
- Activities inspired by antsincludes marshmallow craft ant
- Ant life cycles and nests at our sister blog Wild About Ants
- Ants, bees and wasps includes ant drawing lesson
Want to learn more about ants? Check out our growing list of ant books for kids.
Another review at Wild About Ants
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Usually when I see a drab brown moth on the wall I don't get too excited because the different kinds tend look alike even to a trained entomologist. If you can't identify something, it's hard to learn much about it.
It probably was attracted to our porch light the night before and was resting during the day.
If you remember, I raised one of these back in June. Discovering this one was like spotting an old friend.
Did you find any insects you recognized this week?