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The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb Book & Cassette: A Mexican Fable
     

The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb Book & Cassette: A Mexican Fable

by Shirley Climo, Francisco X. Mora (Illustrator), Francisco X. Mora (Illustrator)
 
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

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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

Editorial Reviews

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 - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The poor little red ant! Of the thousand of ants that live in her anthill in a cornfield in Mexico, she is the smallest of all. So when she finds a huge crumb of delicious torta (cake), she sets off to find someone to carry it back home for her. Though she is the smallest, the little red ant is also pretty savvy. She doesn't get too close to the long-tongued lizard, or stray into the spider's web. By the time she scares a man away from the cornfield, the little red ant has figured out the moral of this Mexican version of an old fable retold by Shirley Climo and illustrated by Francisco Mora (Clarion Books, 1995): "You can do it if you think you can." Spanish words in the text are understandable in context, but a glossary is also included. Lively background music throughout enhances the tale. Reader Diego Arciniegas varies the voices so each character is distinct. This enjoyable tale has page-turn signals on one side of the cassette and narration only on the other.-Judy Czarnecki, Chippewa River District Library System, Mt. Pleasant, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618486076
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/27/2004
Series:
Read along Book and Cassette Series
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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