One of the first books I noticed in the bag on this last trip was An Ant's Day Off, by Bonny Becker. This tells the story of a sand ant named Bart who wonders what life is like on the outside. Day after day he toils away under the ground, working for the benefit of antdome. He wonders what it might be like to take a vacation. Just one day. One, single day off. Eventually one day the temptation to crawl out of his ant hill becomes overwhelming and he goes exploring into the unknown.
This book documents his adventures and journeys from meeting frogs, being lazy at the top of a dandelion and being carried off by a bee! He has some wild and good times and, in the end, discovers that sometimes it's kind of nice to take a day off and just relax. Down time makes working hard all the more enjoyable - because he discovers the joy of earning a nap!
(Maybe it's that any book that talks about someone getting to take a nap sounds like a good one to mommy? Nah.)
Both Bookworm1 and myself enjoyed this book because it came on the heels of our reading Little Black Ant on Park Street, by Janet Halfmann. You can click on the title to read my review of this new release over at Reading to Know.
Both of these books on ants are perfect for the summer time when you are exploring your back yard (and clearing every crumb in sight out from underneath your dining room table, least you attract the wrong sorts of visitors into your home!)