Hey, Little Ant Essay Challenge Winners
Our congratulations to all the Winners and Honorable Mentions of the Hey, Little Ant Essay Challenge. It was an honor for our judges to read the over 2,000 incredible entries submitted.
"The essays were thrilling to read. Entrants came up with endings I would have thought of. Some came up with solutions that worked for both the Kid and the Ant. A lot of students made up stories of their own, some in verse. And the drawings were fabulous! Their work makes me look at Hey, Little Ant in a totally new way." --Hey, Little Ant's Co-Author, Phillip Hoose
Please stand up and applaud (or wave your antennae) for:
Sophie's use of sequential art showed how the Kid's relationship with the Ant changed over time as the Kid considered the Ant. Look at the position of the Ant in each panel. Simply wonderful.
First Grade Winner:
Marina's illustration is a perfect depiction of contemplation. Look at the knitted brow of the Kid and the thought bubble saying, "Ant, Ant, Ant..." Her essay ends with the great line, "Come out on the right path do not squish the ant."
Second Grade Winner:
In the book, the Ant has the ability to talk and reason. Thus, many great essays talked about the Ant and the Kid being friends by hanging out at the Kid's house, going to the mall or even going to Virginia Beach together. Amos took a different approach, though, and talked about the Kid simply enjoying observing the Ant in his own natural habitat. The judges liked how quiet and contemplative this essay was.
Third Grade Winner:
On the first pass this creative essay made the judges laugh. We loved the concept of a snake that could "only be killed by bears." On a second reading, the judges realized that Charlie had his character confront the decision not once, but twice. And in doing so, made the Kid to re-access his friendships. Very well imagined and very well written.
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