The Grasshopper and the Ant: A Story about Planning
. Reader's Digest Young Families . Pleasantville, NY
PZ8.2.F368 Gras 2006 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This version of GA has Ant worried about fixing a leak in the roof on a clear sunny day in summer. Next Ant is knitting a blanket. The next day Grasshopper is on his way to a swim -- with goggles and beach towel -- but Ant is chopping and stacking firewood. Late in the summer, Grasshopper invites Ant to a picnic but Ant is canning and pickling. When we see Grasshopper in winter, he is inside his own house but he lacks a number of things: a blanket, wood, food. When Ant asks what he has been doing all summer, he answers with regret I was playing. Ant relents and invites him in to hot soup. As they sit before the fire, Ant smiles and says that he should be doing a bit more dancing in his life and asks Grasshopper to teach him how to dance. I would not say that this fable is generally about planning; it has to do with a lot deeper attitudes to life, I think, including receptivity, enjoyment, and celebration.