Sunday, June 29, 2014

[BOOK REVIEW] One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes

Title:  One Hundred Hungry Ants

Author:  Elinor J. Pinczes

Artist:  Bonnie MacKain

Genre: Food / Animals / Counting / Humor

Year Published: 1993

Year Read:  2014

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company

Source:  Purchased

Content Rating:  Ages 4+ (Nothing Objectionable)

I have read many children’s books that help children deal with solving math problems by presenting the concept in a creative and fun way.  But, I will admit that I have not read any math book quite like this one!  “One Hundred Hungry Ants” is a children’s book written by Elinor J. Pinczes along with illustrations by Bonnie MacKain that deals with solving division math problems and it is an excellent way to help children solve division problems in a fun and creative way!

The book starts off with one hundred hungry ants heading towards a picnic site, determined to fill their stomachs with the delicious food ahead of them.  But, then the smallest ant kept asking the other ninety-nine ants to divide into several groups of one hundred such as dividing into two lines of fifty and four lines of twenty-five, while delaying their time in getting to the picnic site.

Will the one hundred ants make it to the picnic in time?

Read this book to find out!

Wow! Such a simple and innocent picture book and yet one that packs so much humor and clever rhyming schemes that I was totally blown away by this book! Elinor J. Pinczes’ writing is extremely creative and hilarious to read as I was laughing my head off with the small ant’s determination to help make the group of ants move much faster to get to the picnic area.  I really loved the many different ways that the ants formed up into groups such as being into two lines of fifty or four lines of twenty-five as it makes it easier for smaller children to understand how to do division and it is also creative enough for children to participate in the fun of the ants’ determination to get to the picnic area.  Bonnie MacKain’s artwork is creative and hilarious to look at as the artwork is scratchy and yet all of the ants (and the other animals) look so cute on each page.  I especially loved the images of the other animals taking the food away from the picnic while the ants were too busy trying to organize themselves in lines to really notice this and it makes me laugh and feel a little sorry for the ants at the same time!

Overall, “One Hundred Hungry Ants” is a brilliant book that teaches children how to have fun with doing division problems and is hilarious enough to keep many children entertained for years!

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