Angie the Ant – A New Hero

by Janice

(This is a comment and win post, read on to find out how to win a limited edition gift set.) edited to add: Canadians are welcome to enter!

Angie the Ant and The Bumblebee Tree

book_cover_180.jpgThe book was sitting on my coffee table when it caught my son’s eye. I was busy flying around the house, trying to get us ready for the day, and barely noticed my five-year-old son sitting on the couch. He was totally engaged with this new book, Angie the Ant and The Bumblebee Tree, slowly turning the pages and imagining the storyline through the colorful, exciting artwork.

“Mom can you read this to me pleeease…” my son begged.

“Not right now sweetie, you are going to be late for school. I promise I will read it to you tonight.”

But my son couldn’t wait. He whined and begged and continued to look at the book. Now I was getting really interested. This book sure had captured his attention. But I couldn’t give in – so I picked up the new, magical book, put it back down on the coffee table and shooed Jackson out the door.

Later that day when Susan was over, Jackson cornered her to read him the story. He loved it and later that night had me read it to him again. It has become one of Jackson’s favorite books and is in our regular repertoire of beloved stories. By now all of us are very familiar with Angie the Ant and her courageous journey to break free from the Fleavils and make it to the glorious land of Antamar.

What is it about Angie the Ant and The Bumblebee Tree that won Jackson over?
im_angie_b1.jpgI think it is the combination of engaging artwork, exciting storyline and of course a young hero that saves the day! With fun lingo like “dudette” and “chico,” and hip “surfer dude” characters, the writing also makes Jackson laugh and relax. The story also allows Jackson to delve into the concept of freedom and we get the chance to discuss together what it means that we live in a free country.

Angie the Ant is the official mascot for Prevent Child Abuse America

Susie Beatty, creator of Angie the Ant, and her co-author Keri Gunter, are committed to raising awareness and funds for worthy causes and hope to help prevent child abuse through Angie the Ant. “The more we talk about preventing child abuse, the less power it will have as a silent plague on our society.”

In addition to raising awareness, 50% of all profits from the sale of Angie the Ant and The Bumblebee Tree will be donated to organizations that work to prevent child abuse.

The Online Community

Susie and Kari have also just launched a new online community Team Angie at the beginning of April. It’s still in the beta phase, but make sure you click over to check it out.

Susie and Kari say, “The purpose of the site is to focus on all the good things happening in this world while providing a forum for support and resources necessary to prevent abuse. All in all, our message is that abuse prevention is a positive story, and Angie the Ant lends a friendly face to the topic of prevention.”

Our Contest

We are giving away one limited edition set of Angie the Ant and The Bumblebee Tree with a stuffed plush Angie. Each set is signed and numbered, and only 150 exist! (This limited edition set, along with individual copies of the book and Angie the Ant apparel, are sold through their website. 50% of the profit of this limited edition set is donated to Prevent Child Abuse America.)

If you want to win this limited edition set, just leave a comment before 12:30pm Eastern, Tuesday May 1st. We will announce the winner Tuesday afternoon.
Canadians are welcome to enter!!!

You are not required to link back to this contest, but of course you might want to so your readers can hear about Angie the Ant and have a chance to enter to win.

Good luck!

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at

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1 tanyetta April 27, 2007 at 4:03 am

Yes!!!!! I’m the first to enter. :) I sure hope I win this!!! Thanks :)


2 Chrissy April 27, 2007 at 6:55 am

What a beautiful book. My 18 moth old would love it!


3 Heather April 27, 2007 at 7:19 am

Sign me up! The book looks great!!


4 Janne April 27, 2007 at 7:21 am

What a wonderful cause to support!

And any book in this household would be well read. ;)


5 Alyson April 27, 2007 at 8:02 am

I love a great book find. Thank you for showcasing it and helping out a cause. your website is so good for that .


6 Tiffanie April 27, 2007 at 8:23 am

All my kids will love this! What a great find!! Can’t wait to read them!


7 LeAnne April 27, 2007 at 8:26 am

My 14 mo old LOVES books!! I think this would go over well!!


8 Heather April 27, 2007 at 8:26 am

Love the illustrations!


9 jennifer wagoner April 27, 2007 at 8:30 am

books, books, books, we love books!


10 Carey April 27, 2007 at 8:50 am

I would loev to be included in this drawing. My kids are huge reading fans, and they would love to have a new book. Thanks.


11 mama k April 27, 2007 at 9:00 am

Enter us please! We are working on growing our children’s library.


12 Shawn April 27, 2007 at 9:03 am

What a great idea! I love anything that enriches my children’s lives as well as those of others. We’re big readers in this house … well, some of us skim the pages.


13 Sharon April 27, 2007 at 9:03 am

I’d love to enter this contest! :)
Great book idea. Thank you for another great contest.


14 dirkey April 27, 2007 at 9:04 am

My neices and nephews would love it as well as our neighborhood kids!
Sign me up please!!!


15 Angela Giles Klocke April 27, 2007 at 9:12 am

This is AWESOME! I’m going to link to this from my awareness site rather than my usual blog :)


16 Crystal Andersen April 27, 2007 at 9:21 am

My daughter would love this. She loves to read and be read anything possible. I hope i win :)


17 Robin April 27, 2007 at 9:23 am

We LOVE to read around here.


18 Carol April 27, 2007 at 9:24 am

What a wonderful book! With my hubby in the Army, freedom is an important concept to us and it sounds like a great book to spark discussion with the kids, especially with a deployment coming up.


19 qtpies7 April 27, 2007 at 9:30 am

That looks like a great book! I’d love to donate it to our school library, after reading it to my sweetpeas, of course!


20 Monkey Giggles April 27, 2007 at 9:33 am



21 Adventures In Babywearing April 27, 2007 at 9:36 am

How cute!!!


P.S. I have a contest going on at my place- two winners will receive a prize package in the Bloggers Without Makeup contest!!!


22 Angela April 27, 2007 at 9:39 am

Sounds like a great cause and a great book!


23 Jean April 27, 2007 at 9:40 am

We can never have enough books around here and its for a great cause which makes it even better!


24 sandra April 27, 2007 at 9:46 am

What a beautiful book Janice….even better knowing what the cause is behind it :)


25 stephanie April 27, 2007 at 9:56 am

Yes, please! Looks great!


26 Carrie April 27, 2007 at 9:56 am

What a cute idea! Love the pictures on the front cover! Books are a wonderful prize!! :o)


27 Bridget April 27, 2007 at 9:59 am

That book looks great!!


28 Angela Mooney April 27, 2007 at 10:12 am

my 5 yr old would love it my 3 yr old to


29 Jenn April 27, 2007 at 10:13 am

Sounds like a wonderful book!


30 Linda April 27, 2007 at 10:20 am

What a fabulous book!
Thank you for sharing.


31 Tracy April 27, 2007 at 10:50 am

We are big book lovers over here. We read together, we read alone, we read in bed, in the tub, on the couch… and books with a purpose are even better!


32 Val April 27, 2007 at 10:54 am

Me, too! Sign me up, please! :)


33 annaliza April 27, 2007 at 10:55 am

i LOOOOOVE all the elements of this post:
*your parenting example (good job on not giving in, i know that is difficult 4 sum of us)

*the great book

*its WONDERFUL cause

*the free contest



34 Dawn April 27, 2007 at 11:00 am

What an awesome way to incorporate such a cool-looking heroine and an awful subject. I’d love to read this to my kids!


35 Kara April 27, 2007 at 11:03 am

What a great idea! Sounds like a wonderful book, I bet my Toddler would love it :)


36 MommaBlogger April 27, 2007 at 11:10 am

That sounds like a very interesting book. I’ll have to check it out!


37 Carrie K. April 27, 2007 at 11:21 am

Count me in, please!


38 Brooke April 27, 2007 at 11:25 am

I’ve never heard about this book,but it does sound like something a toddler would love. Thanks for sharing about it.


39 Julie D. April 27, 2007 at 11:26 am

How great would this be?!?! Thanks for the opportunity to win ~ Julie D.


40 Gayle April 27, 2007 at 11:30 am

Sounds Great….count me in!


41 oh amanda April 27, 2007 at 11:32 am

What a great idea! I’m in!


42 anomama April 27, 2007 at 11:33 am

I love the colors! I always look for really engaging drawings in children’s books – the more vivid the better, I think.


43 sherry April 27, 2007 at 11:57 am

My daughter would love that book too! Thanks for holding another wonderful contest!



44 Heather Erbe April 27, 2007 at 12:03 pm

Hey ladies!
How fun does this book look. I can imagine my little ones reading and looking at this book just like Jackson!


45 Amy K April 27, 2007 at 12:18 pm

This would be fun to read to my storytime kids! I’m going to be blogging about the books I read for storytime each week, if anyone is interested in finding more good books for kids!


46 Deborah April 27, 2007 at 12:51 pm

We’d LOVE to have this book – learning is such fun!


47 Heather April 27, 2007 at 12:53 pm

Storytime is such fun. This book looks like it has wonderful artistic work.


48 The Wooden Porch April 27, 2007 at 12:56 pm

Very cool! Please enter me in too. :-)


49 Chrissy April 27, 2007 at 1:23 pm

I would love to enter!!! I love storytime!!! Count me in :)


50 Mommymommy April 27, 2007 at 1:41 pm

That book looks great! Something my boys would love!


51 Linda April 27, 2007 at 1:52 pm

Sounds like a great book!


52 Heidi April 27, 2007 at 2:09 pm

I would love a chance at those books. Thanks for showcasing them, it looks like a great cause too.


53 jenn April 27, 2007 at 2:12 pm

What a great book and what a great cause. Thank you so much for the info and the opportunity to gain such a wonderful book to add to our collection!


54 Shera April 27, 2007 at 2:49 pm

Sounds like great fun!


55 melody April 27, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Oh thank you. I don’t care whether or not I win this, I just wanted to thank you for bringing child abuse into your topics. This issue is near my heart. Three of my four sons are by adoption and they were each severely abused and neglected as infants and live the consequences.

I will post about this book and link Prevent Child Abuse America on my blog within the next couple of days. Right after that husband of mine gets home and gives me some RELIEF!!!

Again, a sincere high five for this post.


56 Linda April 27, 2007 at 3:22 pm

Sounds like something my 6 y/o daughter and 3 y/o son would be excited about hearing. And you’re right, the illustrations really ARE nice!


57 Renee April 27, 2007 at 5:02 pm

Oh James would love this and I think I would too. Great idea!


58 Holly April 27, 2007 at 5:12 pm

My children would love this!


59 Wendy April 27, 2007 at 6:30 pm

Love it, count me in!


60 Rona April 27, 2007 at 6:36 pm

You ladies have the best contest.


61 Whitney April 27, 2007 at 6:37 pm

That sounds like a great book! We’d like to win, but we may buy it to add it to our library if we don’t.


62 Lacey April 27, 2007 at 6:51 pm

I love new books to read to my nieces.


63 Sarah April 27, 2007 at 7:22 pm

I have three wonderful sons who love being read to. Pick me! Pick me! ;)


64 Becky April 27, 2007 at 7:24 pm

I would love to have the Angie the Ant. I have some sweet little people in my life who would enjoy her immensely.


65 Margie April 27, 2007 at 7:35 pm

My little 21 mo. old would love this book! Thanks for letting us know about it!


66 Jo April 27, 2007 at 9:12 pm

This looks so cute! Count me in!


67 bee April 27, 2007 at 10:24 pm

My mom’s name is Angie. She’d get a kick out of it if the Wog had a book about her!


68 Trista April 27, 2007 at 11:46 pm

I’m gonna win something one of these days!!!


69 Jenni April 28, 2007 at 12:21 am

pick me, pick me! my kids would love it, and so would I!


70 Ruth :) April 28, 2007 at 8:31 am

What a great idea. It’s always so helpful to have a good book to talk about big subjects with little kids. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!


71 kardel April 28, 2007 at 9:25 am

I love the idea that your son was excited about it just by looking at it. I have a son who loves books too. I would love to be entered into the drawing!


72 Crissybug April 28, 2007 at 9:28 am

They look like such cute books…plus it is for such a great cause! Count me in!


73 Kelley April 28, 2007 at 11:15 am

This book likes one that we need to add to our family’s library. I’ve added it to our wish list…in case we don’t win it!


74 Mom Tu-Tu April 28, 2007 at 1:30 pm

I would love to win this for my two kids!


75 Christine April 28, 2007 at 2:23 pm

My kids would love this book… Enter us!


76 Barbie April 28, 2007 at 3:45 pm

How cute is this??!!!! Count me in!


77 Karla April 28, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Thanks for the opportunity to win such a fabulous reading package – Especially when it comes to educating children about child abuse. I am a strong believer in ‘prevention’!
WoooHooo for authors that are addressing this subject!

A friend from Canada :)


78 Lisa April 28, 2007 at 9:46 pm

These sound like great books. I’m soooo excited that Canadians can sign up. :o)


79 LivingforGod April 28, 2007 at 10:59 pm

Sounds great! We collect (great) books :).


80 Heather April 29, 2007 at 12:17 am

We love books at our house. There’s no such thing as too many books in my eyes…(my husband would differ, but he’s not reading this!).


81 Janean April 29, 2007 at 10:01 am

As a family just recovering from the effects of child abuse, I was surprised that we had never seen Angie the Ant! What a cute idea. I need to show this to my kids counselor. Thanks for shining the light and I look forward to the drawing.
Pick me!! Pick me!! oooo oooo ooo!! :D


82 Kelly April 29, 2007 at 12:14 pm

Our little readers here would love to win as well! Thanks for the drawing!


83 Karen April 29, 2007 at 2:33 pm

Sounds great, my 3 year old would love to have it! Count me in!!


84 Karla (Ainsley's Mom) April 29, 2007 at 4:08 pm

Thank you for sharing this! :-)
Please enter me in the drawing.


85 Michelle April 29, 2007 at 9:31 pm

Sounds great. I think my Little Man would love it. And I might even be able to share it with my preschool class!


86 Jessica B April 30, 2007 at 5:00 pm

This sounds like such a cute book.


87 T with Honey April 30, 2007 at 5:41 pm

The characters from this book are so adorable and the names priceless… like Flumpy the pink dog. Cute. Cute. Cute!


88 Kstuffngs May 1, 2007 at 3:03 pm

I’d love to enter. Thanks for the great contest! ~ Kelly


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