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Runaway Ants
Runaway Ants

Andy’s best ant friend is a school classmate named Dickter.  Dickter is a bit shy and lives in the poorer section of town.  Dicker has a disability.  You see, when he talks, he stutters.  When he gets nervous, his stuttering gets even worse.  Too often other ant friends in school laugh at him when he has trouble speaking.  Andy knows Dickter is very smart and is a loyal friend.  Andy wants to help Dicker by being a good friend to him.

One day Andy decides that Joey needs to meet his best ant friend.  He proudly introduces Dickter to Joey.  Dickter just smiles and doesn’t say a word.  When Dickter eventually starts to speak, he stutters and Joey laughs at him.  This embarrasses Dickter, and Dickter decides he has had it and announces to Andy that he is going to run away.  Andy decides to go with him so he doesn’t get lost and has a friend with him.  They skip school and take off for the unknown.

Joey is in class all day and has no idea that Andy and Dicker have run away.  Only at the end of the day, when Andy never returns home, does everyone know they’re gone.  To find out what happens that painful day, you will have to get and read Run Away Ants in late 2014.

  • What is a disability?
  • Do you or a friend have a disability?
  • How to you think kids with disabilities feel when other kids ignore or laugh at them?
  • What can you do to help a friend with a disability?
  • It’s your turn to make up the ending of this story—at least until you can get the book and find out what happens.
Mower on the Loose
Mower on the Loose

Who is your best friend?  Andy’s best friend is a boy named Joey.  I know, it sounds a bit strange.  It’s not too common for a fourth grade ant and a fourth grade boy to be best friends.

Andy and his family live in an underground condo that is under the front steps of Joey and his family’s home.  Since they live so close to one another, almost every day Andy and Joey end up having an unexpected adventure together.

On the first day that they met each other, a lawn mower on the loose almost mowed down the Grand Ant soccer team.  You need to get the Lawn Mower on the Loose book to find out how they met and what happened to the soccer team that day (your mom or dad can buy this adventure by clicking on the title and ordering you a copy today).

  • What adventure did you end up having today?
  • What does ADVENTURE mean to you?
  • Who was with you on your last adventure?
  • What did you learn from this adventure?
How Andy Began Copy

What started as fun bedtime stories in 1975 for my daughter when she was almost three years old has resulted in a series of wonderful children’s books.

One night as I was telling my daughter a story just before she was to go to sleep, I started with a familiar beginning:  “Once upon a time, there was an ant…”  My daughter interrupted me with a question:  “Daddy, what was his name?”  I thought to myself for a moment, “What rhymes with ant?” The next word I said was, “Andy.”  That was all she needed. (more…)

How Andy Began

What started as fun bedtime stories in 1975 for my daughter when she was almost three years old has resulted in a series of wonderful children’s books.

One night as I was telling my daughter a story just before she was to go to sleep, I started with a familiar beginning:  “Once upon a time, there was an ant…”  My daughter interrupted me with a question:  “Daddy, what was his name?”  I thought to myself for a moment, “What rhymes with ant?” The next word I said was, “Andy.”  That was all she needed. (more…)