________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 13 . . . . February 28, 2003

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It’s All About Taller Ants: with Charity everyone's favorite storytelling ant.

LeRoy Peters. Illustrated by Caleb Hamm.
Winnipeg, MB: LeRoy J. Peters and Associates Inc. (41 Eagle Creek Drive, East St. Paul, MB R3E 0L4), 2002.
30 pp., pbk., $10.00
ISBN 9730-5680

Subject Heading:
Ants-Juvenile fiction.

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 4-7.

Review by Lorraine Douglas.

* /4

excerpt:

Definition of Tolerance

Found in the Ant Archives, the definition of Taller Ants (from the human word “tolerance”) is:

“Sympathy for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own.”

This means, when you meet someone who looks or sounds different than you, being friendly to them makes you Taller Ant, and that’s a good thing.


This self-published picture book explains the concept of tolerance through the story of Andor, a Harvester ant born with really long antennae. He lives in the colony of Alpha and is different from all the other ants. Andor is excluded from harvesting, but, when he goes to the forest, he hears a noise and saves the ants from a lawn mower. Then the Queen Ant renames the colony “Taller Ants” to remind every ant that being different is a good thing.

     At the end of the story, we discover that the story has been narrated by Charity who was told the story by her aunt. Other projected titles in the series are:

What We Can Learn From Differ Ants; First Lessons in Multiculturalism Why We Need Accept Ants; Liking Yourself is Important The Secret of Apply Ants; Applying What We’ve Learned The True Meaning of Charity; Being Good to Each Other

     The story is didactic, unappealing and predictable. The full colour illustrations by Caleb Hamm are quite stylized, and the ants have a certain character and expression. Sometimes the text is overprinted on the illustrations making the words more difficult to read. The book does not have CIP or a title page.

     This anthropomorphic story is not recommended for purchase.

Not Recommended.

Lorraine Douglas is the Youth Services Coordinator at the Winnipeg Public Library in Winnipeg, MB.

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