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AN ANT’S DAY OFF by Bonny Becker

AN ANT’S DAY OFF

By Bonny Becker (Author) , Nina Laden (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 9

Pub Date: June 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-689-82274-X
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Brushing off his buddy Floyd’s reproachful slogans—“You must work and work and work some more . . . Happiness is a finished chore!”—Bart does the unheard-of, dropping his shovel and scrambling out of the anthill for a gander at the wide world. Aside from a brief, comfy snooze atop a dandelion, Bart’s day off proves to be not all that relaxing, but after surviving a near-fatal encounter with a frog, a scary but exhilarating flight beneath a bee, and a sudden rain storm, he gains re-entry to the hill thanks to a sympathetic guard who confides that he, too, once took a break. Laden illustrates this pointed message to overscheduled readers with ground-level “Bug’s Life” scenes of four-armed ants in work jeans and hard hats, surrounded by towering leaves and flowers. Refreshed, Bart shares his experiences with Floyd over and over as they toil away underground, then ends up slipping further down that slippery slope by taking another flyer to lead his friend outside. What nerve! (Picture book. 6-9)