An Ant's Day Off by Bonny Becker

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"Never stop. Never tarry.
An ant who wastes time
will never marry!"

Bart the sand ant has heard these words for as long as he can remember. Never in the history of antdom has an ant taken a day off.

Still, Bart can't help but wonder what it might be like to see what goes on out there in the big, wide world.

"They'll never let you back in!" warns his best friend, Floyd, about leaving the nest. But Bart leaves his mounds of work behind, and discovers just how important it is for an ant to find some time for himself every now and then.

Bonny Becker has written the perfect story for our hectic, overscheduled lives. Nina Laden's illustrations bring the bustling insect world to life with humor and verve.


About Bonny Becker

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Bonny Becker is the busy author of half a dozen children's books, including The Christmas Crocodile with Caldecott Medal winner David Small. Ms. Becker either never takes a day off or is always taking the day off, depending on what you think writers are doing when they stare into space. An Ant's Day Off is her second book with Simon & Schuster. She lives with her husband, two children, a dog, and a garden full of tireless ants in Seattle, Washington. Nina Laden grew up in the New York City area. She now lives in an old farmhouse in Seattle, which she renovated with her husband. She is the author and illustrator of many books for children.
Published January 1, 2003 by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Brushing off his buddy Floyd’s reproachful slogans—“You must work and work and work some more .

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Bart learns that mysterious "others" take breaks and atone by bringing home souvenirs.

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