The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb

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A small red ant finds a delicious crumb in a Mexican cornfield but is afraid that she's not strong enough to move it herself. She goes from one creature to the next, looking for help, and is surprised to discover who is the strongest of all. "A satisfying Mexican version of the rock-scissors-paper fable, accompanied by simple but expressive pictures." -- School Library Journal

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Little Red Ant And The Great Big Crumb : A Mexican Fable

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Overview

A small red ant finds a delicious crumb in a Mexican cornfield but is afraid that she's not strong enough to move it herself. She goes from one creature to the next, looking for help, and is surprised to discover who is the strongest of all. "A satisfying Mexican version of the rock-scissors-paper fable, accompanied by simple but expressive pictures." -- School Library Journal

A small red ant finds a crumb in a Mexican cornfield, but she is afraid that she lacks the strength to move it herself and goes off to find an animal that can.

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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.
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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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"A satisfying Mexican version of the rock-scissors-paper fable, accompanied by simple but expressive pictures." School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395720974
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: None
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 224,722
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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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