The Ant and the Grasshopper by Amy Lowry Poole

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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.

About Amy Lowry Poole

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Amy Lowry Poole lived near the Summer Palace in Beijing, China for four years. There, she studied scroll making and worked alongside Chinese artists. Her paintings have been shown in galleries and museums in Beijing, Chicago, New York, and Maine. She now lives part of the year in Chicago, Illinois, with her three daughters and spends summers with them on a farm in Camden, Maine. Though many modern scholars dispute his existence, Aesop's life was chronicled by first century Greek historians who wrote that Aesop, or Aethiop, was born into Greek slavery in 620 B.C. Freed because of his wit and wisdom, Aesop supposedly traveled throughout Greece and was employed at various times by the governments of Athens and Corinth. Some of Aesop's most recognized fables are The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Grapes, and The Ant and the Grasshopper. His simple but effective morals are widely used and illustrated for children.
Published January 1, 1993 by Silver Burdett Pr. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Grasshopper himself is rendered in a stylized way, with a flexible, mantis-like neck, human eyes, and legs that seem to migrate along his body from scene to scene.

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In the background, as the royal family holds its festivities, one boy silently tunes in while the grasshopper tries in vain to distract the ants from their tasks: ""`Silly ants,' said the grasshopper.

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