Little Jumping Joan: The Tale of the Ants and the Grasshopper
. Hodder & Stoughton Limited . London
PZ8.2.B97 Lt 1925 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is an unusually reflective approach to the story of GA. Great-Grandfather Ant harrumphs against Jumping Joan, the singing grasshopper, during the summer, promising that a day for regret will come. Joan consults with her friends about whether they work: Running Water, Sun, Wind, birds, and others give the same answer. They do not work or raise children; they do their special thing. She is reassured but still bothered by the question. But then her friends go away or get sick. Joan turns to the ants for help. Great-Grandfather Ant is lecturing her and turning her away when one of the queen-mother ants asks if she could teach her children to dance and sing. In a way that is appropriate to children, this book probes the issues of the story.