The Ant and the Grasshopper: An Aesop's Fable
. Celebration Press: Pearson Learning . Parsippany, NJ
xPZ8.2.P387Ant 1996 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is an extra copy of this pamphlet. This is a 24-page pamphlet almost 8½" x 6". Each two-page spread gets a three-line stanza that rhymes with a partner. The telling is unusual and careful, I believe. The story ends with the grasshopper shivering in the snow. There is no last episode where the two characters confront each other. The last page's statement is clear: "While the grasshopper shivered/with nothing to eat./We work before we play." The message is modulated enough to be helpful, I think. The ant's repeated message plays on the theme that "Summer will certainly pass" (12). This may be one of the best ways of telling the story to contemporary children. Bravo to Tom Paxton! The illustrations are well suited to this good telling.