|Grasshopper & the ants|
Author: Pinkney, Jerry
In this retelling of the classic Aesop fable, hardworking ants stock up for the winter while a fun-loving grasshopper plays all year long, until the cold weather arrives and he realizes his mistake in not planning ahead.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.40
Points: .5 Quiz: 174099
School Library Journal (+) (00/02/15)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/15/2015 A personable grasshopper wearing a straw boater and a leggy ant in an acorn hat square off over the joys of relaxing versus the honest pursuit of hard work in this familiar Aesop’s fable. While an army of industrious ants scurry through the forest, collecting seeds and leaves for the winter, Grasshopper would rather sing in his own one-insect band. The color palette changes as the seasons pass, from the blossoms of spring, to the greens of summer, the rusts of autumn, and eventually the sparkles of first snow. Happy ants are inside their tree, while the foldout shows Grasshopper forlornly sitting on his snow-covered drum in the cold. The well-known moral? “Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today!” Caldecott Medal–winning Pinkney’s vibrant watercolors portray the lushness and beauty of the natural world in extraordinary detail while conveying the power of music through stunning visual art. Another winner to follow his other renditions of Aesop’s fables, The Tortoise & the Hare (2013) and The Lion & the Mouse (2009). HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Pinkney’s lush style and Aesop’s timeless fables are an award-winning combination. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 02/01/2015 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, Grasshopper builds a "snow-hopper," then sits freezing with forelegs and midlegs crossed over vest-covered abdomen, while the ants can be seen knitting, stoking the fire, and caring for their young in a cozy tree trunk home. Eventually invited inside by the Ant Queen, fun-loving Grasshopper gladly shares his musical talents with the amiable colony, then sits down to songs, tea, and cookies with the queen. Full-page vivid watercolor paintings bustling with natural activity and fanciful detail flow through the hues of the seasons, ending in the spare whiteness of winter. Fine line pencil-drawn strings and frets on his banjo, intricate snowflake shapes, the lace of a dragonfly's wings, and the colorful flow of musical bars all demonstrate Pinkney's painstaking concern with detail. So does the way a small bit of leafy scenery on the lower front flyleaf blends perfectly into the spring woodland greenery on the endpapers. VERDICT A lively and engaging version of a favorite Aesop fable.—Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Public Library, OH - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.