“Hey, Little Ant” a Singable Picture Book
Posted June 18, 2012on:
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I saw this book in a couple of Kindergarten classes that did projects based on the book and was fascinated to learn that it is a SONG!
Hey, Little Ant
Sing to the Tune of “Five Little Ducks”
Words by Phillip and Hannah Hoose
Illustrated by Debbie Tilley
This book is a conversation between a boy and an ant who is standing under the boy’s foot and it is surprisingly thought provoking, especially since the song ends with a question and leaves the answer to be made by the reader (singer). The song (written to a familiar tune, “Five Little Ducks”) amounts to a kind of morality play that can be performed by adults for children or by the students themselves. It’s really quite brilliant in its deceptive simplicity. The illustrations by Debbie Tilley are terrific as they colorfully convey the story, creating a fantastic Singable Picture Book.
“Hey, Little Ant” blog:
This blog includes everything from song history and lyrics to educator resources and study guides for the book to a link for downloading the song sung by the authors.
Author’s blog post about the book and song:
John McCutcheon is one of my favorite folk singers and he recorded the song (with Catie Curtis singing the part of the ant) for his album, “Stand Up! Broadsides for Our Time,”
Webpage for John McCutcheon’s recording of the song:
A few study guides associated with this book:
Author’s blog page of Educator Resources:
A script for the words, which makes an interesting performance piece for youngsters, here:
A terrific website made by a teacher for using this book in the classroom to explore the ideas of good decision making and judgement and the lives of ants :
A guide for discussing philosophical issues raised by this book
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