No Longer a Dilly Dally

No Longer a Dilly Dally

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by Carl Sommer, Kennon James
     
 

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Ants must work hard during summer to build their homes and gather food for the winter. Family Work Play wastes no time finding a suitable location to build their home with plenty of room to store food for the coming winter. They determine to work first, so they can relax and have fun later.

In contrast, Family Dilly Dally has a different tradition: they

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Ants must work hard during summer to build their homes and gather food for the winter. Family Work Play wastes no time finding a suitable location to build their home with plenty of room to store food for the coming winter. They determine to work first, so they can relax and have fun later.

In contrast, Family Dilly Dally has a different tradition: they always play first. If they have any time left, then they work a little. When the long, cold winter comes, the Dilly Dally family have a very tough time finding food and keeping warm. However, they learn an important lesson about working first and playing later.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Two ant families leave their crowded city for the country. The first family, called Family Work Play, is industrious. All through the summer, they build their home and gather food for the coming winter. The second family, called Dilly Dally, plays all summer and gathers no food. When winter comes, the Family Work Play is snug, well fed, and has time for leisure activities while the Family Dilly Dally must trudge through the snow in search of crumbs. Father Dilly Dally fortunately sees the error of their ways and changes their name to Family Work First. This moral, earnestly illustrated in cartoon style, certainly hammers home its point, over and over and over and over again. Any version of Aesop's "The Ant and the Grasshopper" or Leo Lionni's Frederick (Knopf, 1967) is a wiser choice. Call the exterminators for this title.Susan Pine, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575370019
Publisher:
Advance Publishing Incorporated TX
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Series:
Another Sommer-Time Story Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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No Longer A Dilly Dally 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Booklover60 More than 1 year ago
After reading the customer reviews, I decided to check this book out for myself and am glad I did. There's nothing inappropriate about teaching our children to work first, play later, even if we have to drive the point home more than once. Children learn through, and enjoy, repetition. This is a great book and I am glad I did not listen to the advice of Susan Pine, New York Public Library. Perhaps she feels a personal connection to Family Dilly Dally and does not like to be reminded that hard work pays off...
Guest More than 1 year ago
As parents, we always need tools to teach kids that work is important to do even when there are other things around that are more fun. This book is just such a tool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The correct balance of work and play is unknown to our kids today. The author has creatively expressed this key principle in his book, 'No Longer a Dilly Dally'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great lesson to teach young children about the importance of finishing your work first before playing. The hard working ant is such a good teacher for all of us. Children will surely delight in the illustrations as well. My grandson loves studying bugs so he'll love this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 'No Longer A Dilly Dally' a lesson can be learned by following two families of ants through a long cold winter. Children (and adults) will see that there is a time for work and a time for play. Can 'Family Dilly Dally' learn from 'Family Work Play'? Read this delightful story with your children and draw your own conclusion.(I wish there was a teenage version of this book! Mr. Sommer, is that a possiblity?)
Guest More than 1 year ago
No Longer a Dilly Dally is an awesome book for teaching young children the very important life lesson of hard work before play. Sommmer does an excellent job of portraying the difference between two ant families, one that plays first then works; the other that works first and then plays. In a very easy to read and understandable format, Sommer drives home the point and importance of teaching our young people the importance of hard work in the formation of their character. My three and half year old loved the book and grasped the concepts well. It provided a great basis for communication in our home on the importance of hard work before play. Our society has slipped away from the traditional roles of hard work before play, this book helps to bring this foundation back into alignment. It was an important lesson for both my child and myself. I look forward to reading additional materials by Carl Sommer.