Army Ant Parade

By April Pulley Sayre; Rick Chrustowski (Illustrator)
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805063530, 32pp.)

Publication Date: March 2002

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An evocation of an army ant parade set in the rain forest.

One morning there is a strange stillness in the forest. A few birds call. There is a rustling, like rain. Suddenly insects scurry into view. The army ants are coming!

They swarm over the ground in a thick stream, searching for food. Antbirds follow them to eat the insects that flee from the swarm. Most animals escape the army ant attack, but one frog isn't so lucky: it becomes a meal. The hungry army ants move on, and soon the forest is quiet again.

Simple, evocative text and vibrant illustrations capture the drama and excitement of an army ant parade.

About the Author

April Pulley Sayre visited a rain forest in Panama when she was writing this book so that she could see an army ant parade in person. She loves to write about the natural world. Her books include Home at Last and If You Should Hear a Honey Guide.

Rick Chrustowski spent lots of time in zoos drawing army ants and the other South American animals that are in this book. Mr. Chrustowski lives and works in an old farmhouse on a hill in Wisconsin.

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