After 20 years in print and online, our dear Ant has moved to a new anthill.
Please follow Ant’s adventures at www.HeyLittleAnt.com.
Recently, I was shown this page from Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic Press). The image and haiku are very sweet, and true. I remember that feeling when I killed bugs, accidentally mainly, as a kid. Those very same feelings led my daughter Hannah Hoose and I to write our picture book, Hey, Little Ant.
It also reminds me of what Richard Gere said when asked how to raise a Buddha baby.
“‘Teach them to respect insects.’ That is what the the Dalai Lama said. If they can learn to love something that to them is innately ugly and small, learn that an insect has the same life forece as they, that’s the beginning. And basically, you have to watch yourself. If you want your child to be special, you have to be special: generous, kind, loving, forgiving.” —Richard Gere
Jon J. Muth’s character Koo embodies the Dalai Lama’s message. May young readers listen. —Phillip Hoose
“…if the tables were turned, you wouldn’t want to be squished by a giant, would you? So why should humans be mean to animals smaller than us?” —VegBooks Reader
VegBooks names Hey, Little Ant “Best Books for 5-Year-Old Vegan & Vegetarian Kids.”
“It can create a lot of dialogue focused around compassion.” —VegBooks Reader
Look! Hey Little Ant popped up in a Little Free Library the other day.
The Little Free Library movement started in Wisconsin and has spread all over the world. It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.
Phillip and Hannah Hoose’s picture book, Hey, Little Ant is included in Mary Pipher’s forthcoming book, The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture, her look at the psychological and cultural factors that keep us from facing our enormous global perils, mainly global climate change.
“This delightful book has the staying power of an Aesop fable. Children and adults love this story which helps develop the moral imagination and teaches an appreciation of point of view. If our world changes for the better, it will be because of books like Hey, Little Ant.” –Mary Pipher
Mary, thank you for all you do to make this a better planet.
“Hey Nemala! is a funny, book that provokes thought through an entertaining discussion between two creatures, large and small. The book encourages children to formulate opinions about animals, peer pressure, and ways to deal with violence. What does the boy decide? To find out, you’ll have to read the book. Amazing illustrations by Debbie Tilley emphasize the conflict between large and small.”