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The Grasshopper's Song: An Aesop's Fable Revisited

by Nikki Giovanni

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This is a very text-heavy book, even though it is a picture book. It also goes into a fair amount of detail regarding the trial and each side's arguments. It has a completely different take on the grasshopper. Instead of depicting him as lazy and the ant as industrious (as in the original tale), this version depicts the grasshopper as providing an important service through his music (his art) to the community. It is an interesting story and makes a provocative argument about what is just and how we should treat each other.

I think this book would work in upper elementary grades. Students could read the original tale and then compare this version to it. They could create a t-chart with each side's case and evidence. The students could even put on their own trial and assign roles. The students could draw in evidence of the role of art in their own lives...to determine what value they think it provides. This could culminate in an essay.
  kimcc | Jul 27, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763630217, Hardcover)

Artfully retold by a renowned poet and illustrated with energy and charm by a Caldecott Medalist, this twist on an Aesop fable is as witty as
it is satisfying.


Every year the Grasshoppers sing and play their instruments and the Ants work in rhythm to the music. The crops come up smoothly, and the Ants bring in the harvest to the Grasshoppers’ beat. But when winter comes, the Ants turn their backs on the Grasshoppers, and Jimmy Grasshopper finds this unfair. He’s hired Robin, Robin, Robin, and Wren to sue Abigail and Nestor Ant for what he deserves — R-E-S-P-E-C-T — and a one-half share of the harvest. But will a jury of his peers agree about the worth of art?

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:28:05 -0400)

Angry that his singing is unappreciated by the Ants who relied on his music to make their summer work easier, Jimmy Grasshopper decides to sue them for lacking respect and not acknowledging his usefulness in their lives.

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