Book Review: I Don’t Like to Eat Ants

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I’ve been reading to Thaxton since he was born, and he LOVES books!  A while back I was excited to receive a review copy of I Don’t Like to Eat Ants, written by JTK Belle and illustrated by Sabine Mielke.  Thaxton was immediately interested in this book, and it is now one of his favorites.

We actually just started doing Letter of the Week, and this was one of the books we used for the letter A.  Thaxton loves it so much he will often request it by saying, “anteater book.”

This is a great book for all ages.  But I’d say the ideal age group for the book would be 4 to 8 years old.

Thaxton is only 2, so he doesn’t fully understand the plot, but he still enjoys the book a lot.  It has a really fun rhyme scheme, which is great for toddlers.  And the whole book is actually a dialogue between the two anteaters, which allows you to have a lot of fun with the reading, doing voices and that sort of thing.  (In reading to Thaxton, I’ve found some of the most fun books to read are these books filled with dialogue/conversation.)

Apart from the great rhymes and humor, there is also a great storyline and a lesson to be learned.  The story is about an anteater who does not want to eat ants anymore.  His friend, Anteater 2, is outraged by this and cannot imagine eating anything other than ants.  Finally, the two anteaters go to a restaurant, and Anteater 1 convinces Anteater 2 to try an peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Anteater 2 is amazed that he actually likes it.  Anteater 1 then says, “I’m glad you tried something other than ants. You never know what you’ll like till you give it a chance.”

If you have a picky eater in your house or a kid who is reluctant to try new things than this book would definitely be a great way to start a conversation about trying new foods.  I think your kids will also find it entertaining and enjoyable, as we did!

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