Busy Ants – English Level 1 Pratham Books

This is a Level 1 book brought to us by Prathams’ Storyweaver. This book is perfect for children who are eager to start reading. Level 1 books have lots of pictures with images to help illustrate the words being said so that young readers will have a better understanding of the meaning of the words.

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Busy Ants (English) is written by Kanchan Bannerjee, illustrated by Deepa Balsavar, published by Pratham Books (© Pratham Books, 2015) under a CC BY 4.0 license on StoryWeaver. Read, create and translate stories for free on

Text from Busy Ants with Sample Images

Left, right, left, right. We walk silently in a line.

I just got an idea. I am going to get a set of WHEELS to move faster!

One kind of smell says, “Follow me this way for a feast.”

Another smell says, “Danger! Do not go there.”

I love cakes and all kinds of sweets, just like you.

Never mind if the door is shut. I can slip through the smallest crack.

Believe it or not, hundreds of us live happily in a colony.


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Small – Big
Slow – Fast
Short – Tall
Thin – Fat
Hard – Soft
Noisy – Quiet

Here are some words with their opposites. Can you make a sentence for each pair of opposite words?
For example, ‘An ant is small; an elephant is big’. “As busy as an ant” is a nice way to describe someone who is very hard working.

Reading Comprehension Questions and Worksheet

Here are some reading comprehension questions based on the story:

Based on the text, answer yes of no to the following questions:
1. Do ants like sweets?

2. Do ants use a language of smells?

3. Do ants live alone?

Give a similar (synonym) word for the following:

4. Small

5. Fast

Give the opposite (antonym) for the following words:

6. Noisy

7. Sweet

Answer the following questions:

8. What do you like about this story?

9. What do you not like about this story?

10. What have you learned about ants?

See also the following worksheet based on this book from ISL Collective:
Worksheet based on Busy Ants – viewable/printable pdf
Worksheet based on Bust Ants – editable odt 
ISL Collective – doc file

About Pratham, Read India

Pratham Books was set up in 2004, as part of the Read India movement, a nation-wide campaign to promote reading among children. Pratham Books is a not-for-profit organization that publishes quality books for children in multiple Indian languages. Pratham’s mission is to see “a book in every child’s hand” and democratize the joy of reading.

Pratham’s books are available now in digital form on the Storyweaver platform.

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Busy Ants French Level 1


Busy Ants Spanish Level 1

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