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The Grasshopper & the Ants

The Grasshopper & the Ants

Fall 2015 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Jerry Pinkney
ISBN: 9780316400817
Hardcover Price: $18.00

Oh, what a delight it is to turn each page of artist Jerry Pinkney's re-telling of this familiar fable and savor a gorgeously imagined world of busy, busy ants and a capering grasshopper. Master watercolorist Pinkney (Caldecott Medalist for "The Lion & The Mouse") informs his renderings of insects, surrounding leaves, flowers, trees and changing seasons with a deep awareness of the natural world and a seamless blending of the fantastical. The playful grasshopper, jaunty in vest and straw hat, is music personified, doing his best to entertain his disapproving ant audience with banjo, drums, and accordion, and his own happy self. Winter comes, shelter is sought, tea is served, and in the end, both ants and grasshopper find acceptance and understanding. A keeper.

Lynne Heffley   ©2015 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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