Hey Little Ant Author:Phillip Hoose, Hannah Hoose, Debbie Tilley (Illustrator) Hey, little ant down in the crack — Can you hear me? Can you talk back? — See my shoe, can you see that? — Well now it's gonna squish you flat! So begins a conversation between a young boy and the ant trembling in the shadow of his sneaker. This playful story brings up questions about the ethics and peer pressure, encouraging the very youngest ... more »citizens to decide for themselves: to squish... or not to squish?!« less
In 1992, Phillip Hoose and his daughter Hannah, then nine, wrote a musical conversation between an ant about to get flattened and the child about to squish it. It ended with the question, "What do you think that kid should do?" Their popular recording of the song "Hey Little Ant" led to the story's publication as a children's picture book in 1998, which has become a runaway success. Now the ant and the child and their shared dilemma are known by parents, children and educators throughout the world.