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The Ant and the Grasshopper Hardcover – October 16, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596434937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596434936
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3-Continuing their reimagining of classic tales and employing the brilliantly colored, textured illustrations that are the trademark of their retellings, the Emberleys now focus their attention on a fable from Aesop and turn it into a paean to the music of New Orleans. The story of the industrious ant takes on a new twist when she stumbles upon "a grasshopper and his buggy band making music with complete abandon." The book is chock-full of visual interest and superb vocabulary words ("persevered," "blistering," "hoisting," and more), and the ant discovers that music can make any burden lighter. Inviting the jazzy bug band back to her underground colony, the group moves on to "Laissez les bon temps rouler!" with the foldout translating for children, "Let the good times roll!" While this does not have the hilarity found in Chicken Little (Roaring Brook, 2009), it still makes a splendid read-aloud for a wide variety of age levels, encouraging examination of the energetic illustrations and discussion of the role that music plays in our lives.-Sharon Grover, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The Emberleys cast their quirky brand of picture-book magic on another classic, celebrating not only the rewards of hard work but also the intrinsic value of music and the arts. As an ant struggles to carry a wedge of watermelon back to her colony, she hears the uplifting strains of music and soldiers on, eventually discovering its source—a jazzy bug band led by a grasshopper on guitar. The “joyful noise” buoys the ant, body and soul, so the combo accompanies her on the arduous trek, performing the whole way and, in turn, being rewarded for their own hard work. Dedicated to the people of New Orleans, the book’s lighthearted text and art subtly echo the city’s rich traditions and, of course, its love of a good party. Emberley’s distinct high-voltage cut-paper illustrations in dynamic, close-up double-page spreads (and a lagniappe foldout) are tailor-made for a swinging storytime—with nary a bad seat in the house. Laissez les bon temps rouler! Preschool-Grade 2. --Kristen McKulski

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on August 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Caveat emptor! This is not the Aesop's fable. Vibrant, eye-spinning illustrations with clashing colors and Cajun slang celebrate New Orleans music. The lesson seems to be "Laissez les bon temps rouler!" or "Let the good times roll!" which is rather the opposite of the moral from the original fable about virtues of hard work and planning for the future. File this alongside gutless re-tellings of The Little Red Hen with new endings where she decides to share her hard-won bread, despite the laziness of her friends. Some readers may appreciate the wildly colorful, deeply saturated collage illustrations, but I found them stomach churning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. LARSON on September 18, 2014
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This is not the traditional story of the ant and the grasshopper. If you are hoping to teach your children anything more than sharing and friendship, this is not your book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathleen Whelan on January 9, 2013
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this book doesn't bear a very close relationship to the original Aesop fable, which is a tale that castigates the grasshopper for being lazy. this book celebrates how the grasshoppers beautiful music helps steel the ant for further labors. they are yin and yang friends.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Davis on January 7, 2013
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Beautiful illustrations and well written for the entire world. Not just the little ones.
Enjoy reading this to my grand daughter.
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