An amazing book of facts and figures about ants.
Who would have thought that ants could be so much fun? In this new book from Philip Bunting (Koalas Eat Gumleaves, Kookaburras Love to Laugh) we learn all sorts of fascinating facts and figures about the humble ant. Did you know there are 10 quadrillion ants? Amazing! And that ants communicate by smell? That's right. Ants talk to each other through an “odorous alphabet of smells.” Ants organise themselves in complex colonies where everyone has a special job to do, either laying eggs, gathering food or doing housework. They are also eco-friendly, recycling nutrients from plants and trees to create richer soil. And after a busy spell of work, ants like to take a powernap before starting all over again.
The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants presents all this information with bright, lively illustrations and easy-to-follow graphics. There are quite a few laughs in the text, too. One ant holds its new born and says “I larva you”. The book is tied up with a neat message about the importance of caring for the environment, family and community.
Entertaining and educational, The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants will leave you in a cheerful mood.
4+ years old
The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants, by Philip Bunting. Omnibus Books. $17.99
Review by Chris Saliba
North Melbourne Books