The Cricket and the Ant: A Shabbat Story
. Kar-Ben Publishing: Lerner Publishing Group . Minneapolis, MN
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Originally published in Hebrew under the title "Can You Spare a Grain of Sugar?" by Kaibbbutz Hameuchad Publishing House in Israel. The two characters have animal bodies but human clothes. The hard-working ant has a babushka and glasses. The story goes through the cricket's week. On Friday morning he stays in bed before he will bake a "yum-yummy cake" for Shabbat. He oversleeps and awakens on Friday afternoon to find no food in his pantry, fridge, or cupboard. He goes to his neighbor ant no less than four times to ask for different ingredients. Ant rests, happy that she has helped a friend. Ant however also oversleeps and has forgotten to turn off her oven. Her Shabbat cake is totally burned. Just as ant is despairing over her meager meal, cricket surprises her with an invitation to share his cake. They sing and dance together. This is a clever adaptation of the traditional fable with a whole new kind of lesson to be learned.