The Grasshopper & the Ants

The Grasshopper & the Ants

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In this retelling of the classic Aesop fable, hardworking ants stock up for the winter while a fun-loving grasshopper plays all year long, until the cold weather arrives and he realizes his mistake in not planning ahead.
Publisher: New York : Little Brown & Company, c2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316400817
Branch Call Number: JX 398.2 PIN
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,25 x 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Aesop

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QueenBoadicea Jul 23, 2015

There are two versions of this famous fable that chides against wasted time: one that spares the foolish grasshopper and another that leaves him to perish in the cold. Mr. Pinkney’s version takes the former course. This grasshopper may be silly but he’s hardly idle. Page after page is filled with him singing, dancing and playing his heart out while the ants quietly toil away for the coming winter. Both come to appreciate the sterling qualities of the other.

Mr. Pinkney’s artistry is all encompassing in his books. The story begins and ends with the end papers, filled with color from one edge of the page to the end; you really must look at these pages to get an idea of how thoroughly he wishes to draw you into this story. The title page emphasizes the illustrator’s focus on nature by forming its letters from leaves, flowers, twigs and the titular insects. This joyous theme is pursued throughout the ensuing tale and the result is a colorful, lively, rollicking fairytale filled with the vibrancy of nature and the colors of the changing seasons.

Mr. Pinkney gets the anatomical details of his creatures correct while giving them cute anthropomorphic touches like a banjo, boater and marching drums for the grasshopper and bonnets, kerchiefs and caps made out of flowers, acorns, leaves, etc., for the ants. The story, told in sparest of words, is highlighted as always by his distinctive and expressive watercolors. This shows once again why his awards and honors are well deserved.

This is a lovely coffeetable book, with a visual splendor to delight adults as well as children.

FindingJane Jul 23, 2015

There are two versions of this famous fable that chides against wasted time: one that spares the foolish grasshopper and another that leaves him to perish in the cold. Mr. Pinkney’s version takes the former course. This grasshopper may be silly but he’s hardly idle. Page after page is filled with him singing, dancing and playing his heart out while the ants quietly toil away for the coming winter. Both come to appreciate the sterling qualities of the other.

Mr. Pinkney’s artistry is all encompassing in his books. The story begins and ends with the end papers, filled with color from one edge of the page to the end; you really must look at these pages to get an idea of how thoroughly he wishes to draw you into this story. The title page emphasizes the illustrator’s focus on nature by forming its letters from leaves, flowers, twigs and the titular insects. This joyous theme is pursued throughout the ensuing tale and the result is a colorful, lively, rollicking fairytale filled with the vibrancy of nature and the colors of the changing seasons.

Mr. Pinkney gets the anatomical details of his creatures correct while giving them cute anthropomorphic touches like a banjo, boater and marching drums for the grasshopper and bonnets, kerchiefs and caps made out of flowers, acorns, leaves, etc., for the ants. The story, told in sparest of words, is highlighted as always by his distinctive and expressive watercolors. This shows once again why his awards and honors are well deserved.

This is a lovely coffeetable book, with a visual splendor to delight adults as well as children.

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