The Tale of the Teeny, Tiny Black Ant
Helping Children Learn Persistence
by Teresa R. Allen, MSW, LISW
illustrated by Tea Seroya
Ace, the Teeny, Tiny Black Ant is sad. He is the only ant in the colony not to have given the Queen a special gift, when he spies a very small and beautiful blue jay feather. He decides this would be a perfect gift for the Queen. However, he is faced with a problem. How can he, a teeny, tiny black ant, climb the very large wall while carrying his feather?
Along the way, he meets several creatures, including Kota, a huge caterpillar who offers his assistance, but the Teeny, Tiny Black Ant wants to do it all on his own. He thinks how proud his family and friends will be of him. The Teeny, Tiny Ant continues to struggle and work his way slowly up the wall. Some ants begin to cheer him on, others yell, “Better give up now, you won’t make it!”, but the friendly green caterpillar encourages him on, “You can do it, kid. You’re halfway there.”’ Does he make it on his journey to deliver his gift to the Queen?
With wondrous illustrations and a captivating story, The Tale of the Teeny, Tiny Black Ant teaches children not to give up, but to work hard for things that are important.
Teresa R. Allen, MSW, LISW, is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Master's in Social Work. She currently works full-time as a homecare social worker. Teresa lives in Bernalillo, New Mexico, with her three dogs, her life partner and many tiny black ants.
Tea Seroya was a children’s art teacher for several years before becoming a full-time children’s book illustrator. He resides in Bandung, Indonesia.
A Small Horizons "Let's Talk" Release
7x8, 48 pages, 26 Color Illustrations
LC#2010906908 world rights
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-351-5 (pb), $9.95