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The Ant and the Grasshopper

by Amy Lowry Poole

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This book could really help teach a valuable lesson to your class. The grasshopper in this book is regretful that he didn't take the advice of the ant to prepare for the new season. As humans I think we can all relate to wishing we had done something differently. I really think children will like this book and understand exactly how the grasshopper feels. ( )
  HillaryBertucci | Oct 19, 2013 |
Genre: Myth

Media: Ink and gouache on rice paper
  etimmons08 | Mar 26, 2012 |
Amy Lowry Poole chooses China as her setting for this version of an Aesop’s Fable about the virtues of hard work and preparedness, merging a Western tradition with an Eastern setting. A lounging grasshopper derides a group of hardworking ants for toiling instead of enjoying themselves. They answer back that he should be preparing for winter instead. The change of seasons is indicated with descriptions of weather such as “…the wind brought cooler air from the north” and “winter…brought whirls of snow and ice.” The ants are proven correct in the end, as the grasshopper is cold and without proper shelter, wishing he listened to the ants’ advice.
Target audience is K-2.

Lowry, A., & Aesop, . (2000). The ant and the grasshopper. New York: Holiday House. ( )
  karenamorg | Nov 20, 2011 |
Summary: This favorite old tale of the ants and the grasshopper is set in Imperial China. It is the age old story of hard working ants and a lazy grasshopper lazing away the days of summer. Soon winter comes and the ants are warm and snug with plenty of food and the grasshopper is left alone, hungry and cold when the royal family goes back to the Forbidden City.

Personal Reaction: The illustrations are very simple using bright colors that my two year old loved. The idea of being set in China was wonderful to me seeing glimpses into their culture through the illustrations. I can’t help but feel sad for the grasshopper being left all alone and cold though.

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1. A simple story that can be used during your lessons on fables that the children can follow along with.
2. Fables are a good resource for using with Inference lessons.
3. This is a good example of the behavior of ants, would be a fun way of introducing a young class to them as you start to study insects. ( )
  kdhayes06 | Sep 17, 2011 |
The ant works and the grasshopper plays, so when it's time for winter and food is scarce the ant has a plan and the grasshopper has nothing. A balance of work and play is the key to a good and happy life!
  scducharme | May 9, 2010 |
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In memory of my father, Donald Irwin Lowry (1920-1999)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823414779, Hardcover)

Retells the fable about a colony of industrious ants which busily prepares for the approaching winter while a grasshopper makes no plans for the cold weather to come.

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Retells the fable about a colony of industrious ants which busily prepares for the approaching winter while a grasshopper makes no plans for the cold weather to come.

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