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Crisis in the Flower Beds

Before Joey’s dad left for work, he reminded Joey to be sure and pull all the weeds in the flowerbed along the driveway and right next to Mr. Davis’s house.   Dad promised Joey that if he did a good job pulling the weeds, they’d go watch the local baseball team’s game at the big city ball field that evening.

This job was going to take a couple of hours in the hot sun.  To help make the time go faster, Joey decided to ask Andy to help him in the flowerbed.  After all, ants know what goes on under the ground.  Many of the underground ant trails pass right by the weed roots.  At least he would have someone to talk to while he pulled the weeds.

Andy liked weeds because they gave his family extra shade on the hot summer days, but he agreed to spend a few hours with Joey to keep him company—and Joey promised to take Andy to the baseball game later that evening if he would help.   As Joey worked, Andy found other neighborhood ant friends in the flowerbed and introduced them to Joey.  That morning Joey also met Barney Bee, Sam Snail, and William Worm.  It seemed everyone was having a great time in the flowerbed that morning.

But then Joey’s older brother, Dwayne, came out of the garage.  He had an insect sprayer with him.  He told Joey that Mom wanted him to spray the flowerbeds and rose bushes to get rid of those pesky ants and then spread snail bate throughout the flowers to get rid of the snails.

  • What do you think Joey said to Dwayne? 
  • How do you think Dwayne responded to Joey? 
  • Did the ants and other neighborhood friends have time to get away before the spraying began?
  • Do you do jobs your parents ask you to do without complaining? 
  • It’s time for you to tell the rest of story!
Band Concert in the Park

School will be out for the summer in two weeks.  I can’t wait to be finished.  Had a surprise today.  My band teacher announced we had been chosen to play a band concert at the city park bandstand in two weeks.  This is going to be fun.  Everyone visiting the park will hear us. I know I have to do some extra practice so I don’t mess up my trumpet solo.  I think this year will end on a high note!  I am going to take Andy so he can hear my band play.


A Stressful week of Tests!

What a stressful week I have had! I am sure glad those tests are over.  Whoever came up with an idea like testing us kids all the time?  They are inflicting unnecessary punishment on us innocent kids.  The math part was really hard. I frankly guessed at some of the questions.  My teacher said to not think too much about each question—just read and respond.  Well, that’s what I did.  Some parts were easier for me.  I liked the history part.  There were even some questions in the science section about insects.  I got all of those right because Andy had told me a lot about his underground world and how the ants worked together.  I can’t handle another stressful week like this!


The Swimming Disaster Copy

What do you like to do in the summer when it’s hot outdoors?  Andy Ant loves to swim, but his pool is very different from the place where his best friend, Joey, swims.  Andy had quite an adventure one day when he went along with Joey’s suggestion to swim without Andy’s brother, Parker, there with him.

Because they both disobeyed instructions by their parents, Andy was almost lost forever.  To read about this adventure, you will want to order a copy of The Swimming Hole Disaster (your mom or dad can buy this adventure by clicking on the title and ordering you a copy today).

  • What is your favorite thing to do on a hot summer day? 
  • Has there been a time when you were told to do something, but you never did it? 
  • What happened?  
  • What did you learn?


Rolling Through

One Saturday morning Andy Ant and Joey decide to ride Joey’s bike to a friend’s house to hang out and play some video games.  As usual, Andy was sitting on Joey’s bike’s handlebar (Andy learned awhile back that he could go more places faster by riding with Joey than by walking).  Joey was in a hurry.  He failed to stop at a stop sign—you might say he “rolled through” without coming to a stop.

As he turned to the right without stopping, a car came speeding down the street.  This spooked Joey, and he lost his balance.  Down he went onto the street.  Joey and Andy were not hit by the car, but it was a close call.  Joey’s knee and elbow got scraped…but wait!  All of a sudden, Joey realized that Andy had disappeared.  Andy was nowhere to be found!

  • Where do you think Andy is? 
  • How will Joey find Andy? 
  • What went wrong in this adventure?
  • It’s up to you to make up the rest of this story.  In your adventure you have to find Andy!