The Grasshopper and the Ants

By PINKNEY, Jerry

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ISBN
9780316400817
Publisher
Little, Brown


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on February 1, 2015  |  Preschool to Grades 4

PreS-Gr 2—Grasshopper arrives on the cover with bass drum and cymbals on his back, concertina between his midlegs, and forelegs strumming his banjo. "Why work so hard?" he sings to some busy ants. "It's spring and time to go fishing." But the ants, gathering food for winter, have no time to relax. In summer, the ants decline Grasshopper's invitation for a leafy picnic and some music, and his fall solicitation to "come dance and sing!" in the "playground of leaves" finds no takers. When snowflakes fall, Grasshopp...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on April 1, 2015

Moving right up Maslow's hierarchy of needs, Pinkney transforms Aesop's harsh fable about the consequences of improvidence into one celebrating the value of the arts. Unlike his true-to-species characters in his Caldecott-winning The Lion and the Mouse (rev. 11/09), the insects here wear character-revealing garb: Grasshopper sports bow tie and boater, while dutifully toiling ants wear humble headgear (acorn caps, flowers, cabbages). G...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2015

Pinkney transforms Aesop's harsh fable about the consequences of improvidence into one celebrating the value of the arts. Grasshopper's dancin...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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