My children love to watch Ants. They love to watch them scurry here and there building ant hills and hauling their food home. I on the other hand, have very little use for ants, they give me the heebie jeebies! Regardless of how we all feel about the little critters, we can all learn a lesson about hard work from them!
“The Ant Thief” is the tale of Noira the famous Great Traveller Ant. Noira is keeping a big secret, she is a thief and has been stealing from those around here. What will happen if the other ants learn the truth?
“The Ant Thief” is a fun story for young children about the importance of hard work. Noira doesn’t like hard work, she prefers to do things the easy way. She sneaks and steals her way through life. When Noira sneaks into the Beehive she finds herself in trouble. My children and I talked about how things may have been different for Noira if she worked hard for the things she had. We talked about how the “easy way” can often end up being much more difficult in the long run.
The story also is about being considerate of others. Noira only thinks of herself and doesn’t consider how her actions are affecting the others. Noira believes that her stealing isn’t hurting anyone, that is until a little worker bee tells her how hard he has worked to create the honey. Then it gets Noira thinking of how she is hurting all those around her and she starts to feel sorry for her actions. This is a lesson for us all. The world around us has turned into a “Me” society. We often forget to think about those around us. My children and I talked about how we need to take a few moments and see how our actions are affecting those around us. My son shared an example with me of how he was thinking of others at the pool. There was an infant in the pool and my son really wanted to jump in, but didn’t because he didn’t want to scare the little fellow with his “giant” splash. He said Noira needs to be more like him!
“The Ant Thief” is a fun story, great for young readers. My daughter has taken a special liking to this story and has read it several times out loud and to herself.
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*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “The Ant Thief” in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.