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    Hey, Little Ant

    Hey, Little Ant

    by Hannah Hoose and Debbie Tilley

    Originally written as a song, this is the rhyming, thoughtful story of an ant who is about to be squished under a boy's shoe.

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    Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice

    Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice

    by Phillip M Hoose

    Nine months before Rosa Parks' history-making protest on a city bus, Claudette Colvin, a 15-year-old Montgomery, Alabama, high-school student, was arrested and jailed for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger. Hoose draws from numerous personal interviews with Colvin in this exceptional title that is part historical account, part memoir. Hoose's lucid explanations of background figures and events alternate with lengthy passages in Colvin's own words, and the mix of voices creates a comprehensive view of the Montgomery bus boycott and the landmark court case, Browder v. Gayle, that grew from it. At the center of the headline-grabbing turmoil is teenager Colvin, who became pregnant during the boycott; and her frank, candid words about both her personal and political experiences will galvanize young readers. On each attractively designed spread, text boxes and archival images, including photos and reproduced documents, extend the gripping story. As in Hoose's We Were There, Too! Young People in U.S. History (2001), this inspiring title shows the incredible difference that a single young person can make, even as it demonstrates the multitude of interconnected lives that create and sustain a political movement.

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Hey, Little Ant

Author: Phillip Hoose , Hannah Hoose and Phillip M. Hoose

Illustrator: Debbie Tilley

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Rhyming Story, Fiction

Character and Values, Understanding Self and Others, Songs and Rhymes

About This Book

To squish or not to squish? Readers decide the ending of this deceptively playful picture book, in which a young boy and an ant debate the value of the smaller creature's life. The boy tells the ant that someone so small couldn't possibly have any feelings, and that he's a crook for stealing food at picnics. The ant replies that he has a family and responsibilities, and that he and the boy are really not so different. How would the boy feel if the situation were reversed? Issues of ethics and peer pressure are also raised in the discussion. Hey, Little Ant was originally written by a nine-year-old girl and her father as a song, and music is included. The rich watercolor illustrations offer unusual perspectives and add humor to the debate, which will have students eagerly taking sides. Certain to spark discussion, this lively picture book also works as a sing-along.

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