Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends at Halloween
What You Need to Know:|
• Reissued on July 13, 2010 with a Halloween theme, this story was first introduced by Megan McDonald (author of
the Judy Moody series) in 2005.
• A sweet tale of friendship, reminiscent of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie .
• This book will inspire your kids for Halloween and entertain them even when the big day has come and gone.
• The whimsical illustrations will help young readers follow along with the story.
• The three related chapters will make your reader feel like they’re reading a more grown up book.
• McDonald’s sense of humor shines through each of these adorable characters.
• The quick sentences and witty dialogue also make this one a fun book to read aloud.
Ant and Honey Bee can’t decide what to be for Halloween. Well, at least Ant can’t decide. Honey Bee would be happy dressing as a Pilgrim as they had the last few years but Ant is set against that idea. She says it’s boring and is convinced that they need a new costume this year. The question is, what should it be?
After some discussion and a few silly ideas, Ant decides that they should be a pair. Not a pear, as Honey Bee first thinks she means, but a two of a kind type of pair. There is more discussion and then the perfect idea comes to Ant. They will be a washer and a dryer. They work nicely together creating their costumes and then set out for the big event. Unfortunately, no one seems to know what they are dressed up as and they all guess wrong. I think a lot of kids can relate to that disappointment – working so hard on something, only to find that no one else really gets it. To make matters worse, it starts to rain and their costumes seem to be ruined.
Ant and Honey Bee don’t let a little rain ruin their night. They make the best of things in the end, adjusting their costumes to the circumstances. Maybe they also realize that it doesn’t matter what they set out to look like, it is about what they experience along the way. Everyone that they encountered enjoyed their costumes even if they had their own ideas as to what they were supposed to be. Most important of all, they still end up a perfect pair!
G. Brian Karas
2010, 48 pages
Animals, Character/Values, Cooperation, Excellent Read-Aloud, Friendship, Holidays, Humor, Talking Animals, Teamwork
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