Hey, Little Ant
Phillip and Hannah Hoose
What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and
listen? What if your friends saw you hesitate? That’s what happens in this funny, thought-provoking book.
Originally a song by a father-daughter team, this conversation between two creatures, large and small, is bound
to inspire important discussions about compassion and empathy. It might even answer that classic childhood
question: To squish or not to squish?
Character Education Focus:
- To understand the importance of tolerating and respecting diversity in people and animals (insects, too!).
- To understand how empathy toward others has a positive effect.
THE LEARNERS WILL chorally read the book Hey, Little Ant while empathetically listening and thinking about
what the right choice the child in the story should make.
HINT: The teacher is the ant and the class reads the role of the child. Also, if the teacher can use a
puppet of an ant, or a cut-out picture of a large ant glued on a stick while reading their part, it will add
excitement! (Use the Hey, Little Ant script provided here.)
- The learners will take on the perspective of the ant and write a letter to the child about why he
should not squish him.