Nonfiction Monday: Ants by Melissa Stewart

By Melissa Stewart
National Geographic, 2010.
ISBN: 978-1-4263-0608-2
Reviewed from purchased copy

Ants in large numbers help keep ecosystems healthy.  They are also fascinating insects in their own right. Millions of ants live around the world.  They live underground, in trees, inside thorns, or in nests they build themselves.  Each colony usually has a single queen with thousands of workers (always female) to gather food and take care of the larvae and pupae.

Ants also provide food for other animals and aerate the earth aiding plant growth.  Some ants even grow wings that allow them to fly off to start new colonies.

Being a National Geographic book, the photographs in this book are gorgeous and very informative.  They show ants gathering food, traveling through tunnels, and taking care of the young.  The writing is appropriate for new readers with vocabulary words defined in the text in addition to the glossary at the end.  The definitions in the glossary also have pictures to aid in understanding, which is a nice feature.  The occasional joke adds some humor.  The attractive layout makes the book easy to follow.  
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  1. I thought this was a good book, too. I loved the photography.

    Your ideas for regular features sound interesting. Is this your first Nonfiction Monday? If so, welcome!

  2. Yes, this is my first Nonfiction Monday. I admit I am enjoying the blogging experience, especially participating in things like Nonfiction Monday. Thanks for visiting my blog.


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