La Cigarra y la Hormiga: Versión de la Fábula de Esopo

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Retells the fable about an industrious ant that busily prepares for the approaching winter while a grasshopper makes no plans for the cold weather to come.

Retells the fable about an industrious ant that busily prepares for the approaching winter while a grasshopper makes no plans for the cold weather to come.

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Overview

Retells the fable about an industrious ant that busily prepares for the approaching winter while a grasshopper makes no plans for the cold weather to come.

Retells the fable about an industrious ant that busily prepares for the approaching winter while a grasshopper makes no plans for the cold weather to come.

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Children's Literature
In this retelling of Aesop's fable, the ant works from sunrise to sunset harvesting and storing food. The grasshopper, on the other hand, spends his days singing and dancing. He invites the ant to join him, but the ant is always too busy. When winter comes, the grasshopper finds there is nothing for him to eat in the cold, snow covered world. He visits his neighbor and asks for food, but the ant chides him reminding him of how he whiled away the summer days singing and dancing so "Now you can spend the winter dancing to keep warm." The final message from the ant: "There's a time for play and a time for work...." One can only assume that the grasshopper is indeed left out in the cold. None of the animals are created with extensive detail, but are drawn with rather broad outlines and shapes. They are interesting, and the scene with the grasshopper singing in the shower should bring a smile. Part of the "Read-it! Readers" series that come in four color-coded levels. Yellow, which is the level for this one, is intended for readers with an expanded vocabulary and a wide variety of sentences. There is an opening note to parents and caregivers that explains the series' structure and gives tips for using the book. 2004, Picture Window Books, Ages 5 to 7.
— Marilyn Courtot
Children's Literature - Anamaria Anderson
This title, part of the "Fables" subset of the "Read it! Readers" series, is a retelling of Aesop's fable of the ant and the grasshopper. In this version, the ant works from sunrise to sunset gathering food and storing it in her house, while her neighbor the grasshopper spends his days singing and dancing. When winter comes, the grasshopper asks the ant for something to eat but she refuses, telling him: "Cantaste todo el verano mientras yo trabajaba. Ahora puedes bailar todo el invierno para calentarte" (You sang all summer while I worked. Now you may dance all winter to keep warm). The moral of the story is clearly expressed in the ant's last words to the grasshopper: "Hay ratos para divertirse y ratos para trabajar" (There is a time to work and a time to play). The comparison and contrast, and the simple plot of this fable work well in an early reader. Watercolor-and-pencil illustrations in a natural palette of blues, browns, and greens add expression and some humorous details. A good choice for early readers studying fables and folklore.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2-Blackaby follows the plot of Andersen's original tale. The text is written in simple language while presenting some complex ideas and sophisticated sentence structures. Expressive watercolor cartoon characters are the highlight of each spread. In Ant, White retells Aesop's fable in equally simple language. The story can lead to classroom discussion about work and play. Muted cartoon pictures using lots of browns and greens illustrate the story. In Lion, the reteller closely follows the familiar fable about cooperation between the mighty lion and the tiny mouse. The story concludes with the mouse saying, "You didn't think I could help you- but an act of kindness is never wasted," which provides a good opener for further discussion. Clear illustrations in a cartoon style with soft golds, browns, and greens decorate every page. Good choices for children who want to read these familiar stories on their own.-Karen Land, Greenport Public School, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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