Eric Dickey, local poet and technical writer, visited 1st grade students this week to read his first published children’s book to the class. Dickey, formerly a K12 science teacher, is now a Research Program Manager for the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University and a part-time instructor in the LBCC English Department.
Incorporating adventure and science, Alex the Ant Goes to the Beach is about a young and curious ant named Alex who aspires to be a great scout for Queen Aziza. He dons his sailor suit and eagerly volunteers as a lookout for the beach work crew. Along the way, Alex is warned by Aloysius, the old sea captain, about the dangers that lurk in the world outside the safety of their home called Underwood. This children’s picture book introduces young entomologists to the ecology of ants and is a delight to readers of all ages.