Little Ant and the Mantis
MORAL: Count Your Blessings
Book 9 of the Little Ant series, Little Ant and the Mantis, will be available on June 1st and is available for preorder now! I’ve been reading this series to my grandchildren since discovering them about a year ago and we are always excited when a new one is released. Each of the moral stories in the Little Ant Series follows Little Ant as he navigates through the challenges and frustrations of growing up. They are whimsically illustrated by Tina Perko. The beautiful illustrations that we find each book add understanding and interest to the lesson being taught.
I cannot praise this author enough as it is not very often that you read a children’s book and say WOW! After reading the first book in the series, Little Ant and the Butterfly, I was so impressed with how well written and illustrated it was that when we went to their site to see what other books were available I also reached out to her. I had to let her know how impressed we were with her work.
ABOUT THE Little Ant and the Mantis BOOK
This story starts out as Little Ant is being impatient with having to wait in line. He has to share everything, doesn’t get credit for what he does, and his friends often to busy to play with him so he is not feeling very appreciated. Not happy with anything and now the invisible wall, Little Ant is having the worst day ever.
Then he meets a praying mantis who is able to remain happy, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Will Little Ant learn his secret? What do you think Little Ant would be happy about?
Written for children from kindergarten through second grade, Little Ant and the Mantis is an original story inspired by Aesop’s “The Hares and the Frogs,” which teaches that there is always someone worse off than yourself. However, this Little Ant story avoids comparing oneself to others but instead focuses on recognizing and appreciating the good things in one’s life. The moral of this fable is count your blessings.
The Little Ant books are reimaginings of Aesop’s classic fables, teaching timeless lessons like:
- Appearances can be deceiving (Little Ant and the Butterfly);
- Look before you leap (Little Ant Goes to a Picnic);
- You can’t please everyone (Little Ant and the Cricket);
- Even the wildest can be tamed by love (Little Ant’s Valentine);
- One good turn deserves another (Little Ant and the Dove);
- United we stand, divided we fall (Little Ant and the Peanut);
- Every Truth Has Two Sides (Little Ant and the Dragonfly);
- Misfortune Tests the Sincerity of Friends (Little Ant and the Spider);
- Count your blessings (Little Ant and the Mantis); and
- If You Choose a Job You Love, You Will Never Have to Work a Day in Your Life (Little Ant and the Grasshopper coming November 1, 2018)
It’s never too early to start reading to a child so this series would make a wonderful baby shower gift for a Mom-To-Be. After reading the entire series I would recommend it with confidence for children as old as the second or third grade.
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