The Ants and the Grasshopper Narrated by the Fanciful but Truthful Grasshopper
. Capstone: Picture Window Books . North Mankato, MN
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What a creative concept! The original fable is again told in one page, with the key line coming from the ants: "You made your choice. Now live with it!" Well expressed! Harper, the story's grasshopper, opens by claiming not to be lazy. Harper insists that the real story begins where the traditional fable leaves off. Harper, who dresses as something of a hippy, proclaims great love for music, which all the animals and insects loved, except the ants. The movement into fall found Harper asking the ants for food and being rebuffed. Harper grew weaker, too weak to play the fiddle – until Lark, a young ant, appeared with food. She kept Harper alive. She asked if Harper might please teach her to play the fiddle. Soon after her success, other animals, including even some ants, agreed to form an orchestra. They premiered at the first-ever "Harvest Festival Concert." Moral? "Make time for music and sharing too!" The two-page segments of this 24-page booklet are well illustrated. A good sample is the contrasting music-making above ground with the ant-work beneath ground.