The Ant and the Grasshopper
. Cantata Learning . North Mankato, MN
CL 3 .
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Music by Dean Jones. With a CD containing the story and song, just the song, and just the instrumental background. The lyrics and music are also printed at the end of the book. Readers are invited by the disc to sing along. Am I right to call the music something derived from dixieland jazz? It is heavy on repeated lines. The visual art moves nicely without textual reference through summer and fall and only then mentions winter. The artist also has fun with the multiple limbs of the insects involved, as when the grasshopper on 11 waves with two right hands. It is quite surprising when the ant simply takes the grasshopper into his home and says "I have plenty to eat." For me it is even more surprising when the moral is announced: "Work hard, prepare, and you will not fail." Does this version of the story bear that moral out?