Written and Illustrated by Patti Stren

"But the ant didn't feel like being quiet! And the ant didn't feel like being gobbled. "Can't we discuss things?" she said.

"I don't have time to discuss," said Sloan. "I'm hungry."

"It can't hurt if you just tell me your name," said the ant.

"I'll tell you mine. It's Philamina and I think we should be friends!"

"What?" cried Sloan. "Friends?" He'd never heard an ant say anything other than "Mercy, mercy." This ant was different. He thought for a moment and then said "Why should we be friends?"

Sloan and Philamina Gallery