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Grasshopper doesn’t understand why the Ants work so hard, even while summer days beckon all creatures to go fishing, have a picnic, and make music. The Ants see things differently, knowing that winter is coming and they must store up food. They refuse to waste hours of sunlight on frivolous activities.

Grasshopper persistently plays, ignoring the falling leaves and the onslaught of winter. But soon he finds himself all alone in the blustering wind and snow. Inside their cozy shelter, the Ants notice Grasshopper, forlorn and shivering outside, and invite him into their home and their lives.

In this retelling of one of Aesop’s fables, Jerry Pinkney celebrates nature, the necessity and joy of hard work, and a gracious, undeserved act of kindness. His intricately detailed illustrations are a visual feast. (Little, Brown)

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