The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb

The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb

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by Francisco Mora, Shirley Climo
     
 

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This distinctly Mexican version of an old fable found in Spain, Portugal, and France is retold and updated by a well-known storyteller. The little red ant has found a wonderful crumb, but she's not strong enough to carry it all the way home. Going from one creature to the next, asking for help, the little red ant is surprised to discover who is the strongest of…  See more details below

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This distinctly Mexican version of an old fable found in Spain, Portugal, and France is retold and updated by a well-known storyteller. The little red ant has found a wonderful crumb, but she's not strong enough to carry it all the way home. Going from one creature to the next, asking for help, the little red ant is surprised to discover who is the strongest of all. Spanish words add to the text's Mexican flavor, and bold, playful illustrations, hinting at what's coming next, make this story a real "page-turner."

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"A satisfying Mexican version of the rock-scissors-paper fable, accompanied by simple but expressive pictures. A tiny ant finds a crumb too heavy to lift and begs help from the lizard, who is so strong he can blow down an anthill. The lizard refuses, however, for he is cold and must wait for the sun to warm him. The ant finds a creature stronger than the sun, the rooster, and then discovers that the rooster is afraid of the coyote, who fears the man, who in turn respects the stinging power of the ant. When the ant puts all these events in order, she lifts and carries her own little burden with confidence. Mora's watercolor pictures zoom down to the insect's level, eliminating most details and leaving only the subtle shading of animals' bodies, leaves, and corn stalks. The Spanish words sprinkled throughout can usually be understood in context, but a glossary is appended just in case." School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
This Mexican version of a fable found in many cultures carries the message that "you can do it if you think you can." The little red ant has found a tasty, large cake crumb. Believing she is too small to move the crumb to the anthill, she tries to enlist a variety of other creatures to move it for her. Eventually she realizes her own strength. The illustrations are simple, yet bold and colorful. The author has included a short glossary of characters and terms, with pronunciation.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A satisfying Mexican version of the rock-scissors-paper fable, accompanied by simple but expressive pictures. A tiny ant finds a crumb too heavy to lift and begs help from the lizard, who is so strong he can blow down an anthill. The lizard refuses, however, for he is cold and must wait for the sun to warm him. The ant finds a creature stronger than the sun, the rooster, and then discovers that the rooster is afraid of the coyote, who fears the man, who in turn respects the stinging power of the ant. When the ant puts all these events in order, she lifts and carries her own little burden with confidence. Mora's watercolor pictures zoom down to the insect's level, eliminating most details and leaving only the subtle shading of animals' bodies, leaves, and corn stalks. The Spanish words sprinkled throughout can usually be understood in context, but a glossary is appended just in case.-Ruth Semrau, formerly at Lovejoy School, Allen, TX

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395720974
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
None
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
660,064
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
460L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Shirley Climo is the author of many popular folklore books for children. She lives in Los Altos, California.

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