Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author and Illustrator: Megan C. Brown
Publisher: Megan C. Brown
“Insects are a great source of nutrition for the anteater. Termites and ants contain more protein than beans, meat, and nuts. A giant anteater consumes up to thirty-five thousand insects in a single day,” Megan C. Brown writes in her children’s book, Anteater Analogy.
This letter-sized paperback covering twenty-one pages targets young preschool to early elementary school children, especially those who like animals and insects. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, the simple illustrations are large, usually covering the right side of the page while one or two sentences of black wording against a stark white background are on the left side.
Not a story but an educational tool, the book focuses on the characteristics and traits of anteaters. The beginning explains the mammal lives mainly in South America and part of Mexico. With four species, the “worm-tongue” animal can be as small as a squirrel and as large as a golden retriever dog.
Preferring termites over ants, they have no teeth and the longest sticky tongue of any mammal. Up to two feet long, it has tiny hooks, able to flick at one hundred sixty times per minute to satisfy its appetite.
The author also mentions physical characteristics of this strange looking creature such as its low body temperature, poor eyesight, small ears, and sharp claws. Sleeping up to fifteen hours daily, the anteater maintains a solitary life, except during mating season and giving birth.
As if looking up the critter in a dictionary, the author provides information any child can use for a report or research, learning interesting facts about this unique animal related to the pink fairy armadillo, the echidna, the pangolin, and the sloth.
With more complicated words for beginning readers, this book would best be read aloud to young ones, while the adult will find the tongue-in-cheek designs clever, funny, and engaging. There is also a helpful reminder at the end of the book to visit the local library to learn more. Although the book is rather short and stops abruptly, Brown has plenty of options for future educational series of animals and insects that children can learn about in a fun, fanciful way.
Thanks to Bookpleasures and the author for furnishing this book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.