What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen? What if your friends saw you hesitate? That’s what happens in this funny, thought-provoking book. Originally a song by a father-daughter team, this conversation between two creatures, large and small, is bound to inspire important discussions. It might even answer that classic childhood question: To squish or not to squish?
Hey, little ant down in the crack,
Can you hear me? Can you talk back?
See my shoe, can you see that?
Well, now it’s gonna squish
Please, oh please, do not squish me,
Chang e your mind and let me be,
I’m on my way with a crumb of pie,
Please, oh please,
don’t make me die!
Excerpted from Hey, Little Ant by Philip M. Hoose and Hannah Hoose; Illustrated by Debbie Tilley. Copyright © 2004 by Philip M. Hoose. Excerpted by permission of Tricycle Press, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
About Philip M. Hoose
Phillip Hoose is the author of five books, including the Christopher Award–winning It's Our World, Too! For more than twenty years he has been a staff member of the Nature Conservancy, working to protect habitats of endangered species, including ants. He is a founding member of the Children's Music Network and a guitar player in The Hoose Family band.
About Hannah Hoose
Hannah Hoose is an actress, dancer, keyboardist, and student in Portland, Maine. She has appeared in many productions for the Children's Theater of Maine. Hannah was nine when she and her father wrote "Hey, Little Ant." In performance, she plays the child who raises her foot up over the insect, played by her father. This is her first book.
About Debbie Tilley
Debbie Tilley's other books include Dinosaur Dinner, Riddleicious, Riddleightful, and Oops! She lives in southern California with her two cats, Vinnie and Howard, and Millie the dog.
“What a great book! Phil Hoose and his daughter Hannah are carrying on the tradition of Dr. Seuss.” --Pete Seeger
“By giving us the ant’s point of view, this delightful little book may help change our own.” --E.O. Wilson
“Hey, Little Ant is the perfect tool to help inspire compassion in our world’s youth, and has a positive message for grown-ups, too! Please share this book and its lessons with your family today.” --Jane Goodall
“As a counselor, I get excited about teaching values and character education to my middle school students. While searching for resources on this topic, I found a masterpiece for classroom guidance in the illustrated picture book Hey, Little Ant…a terrific tool for fostering tolerance and respect for diversity in children of all ages.”--Barbara Gruener, counselor, Friendswood, Texas, as seen in Teaching Tolerance magazine