The Grasshopper & the Ants

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The Grasshopper & the Ants
About the Author:
Jerry Pinkney is one of the most heralded children's book illustrators of all time. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honors and the winner of the 2010 Caldecott medal for The Lion and the Mouse, and has since created two companion picture books: The Tortoise & the Hare and The Grasshopper & the Ants. He has won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, the Coretta Scott King Honor four times, and has been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Award. He was also the first children's book illustrator elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. The artist invites you to visit his website at
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In this stunning companion to the Caldecott Medal-winning The Lion & the Mouse and the highly acclaimed The Tortoise & the Hare, a playful grasshopper wonders why the busy ants around him won't join in his merrymaking as the seasons pass by.

But when winter arrives, he soon sees the value of his friends' hard work--just as the ants learn the value of sharing what they've worked for. Featuring a striking, surprise gatefold page, this third book in Jerry Pinkney's gorgeous trilogy of picture book fables subtly suggests a resonant moral: Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today.
  • Ages 4–8
  • Hardcover
  • 11" x 9 1/2"
  • 40 pages
  • 40 color illustrations
  • Little, Brown and Company, 2009
  • ISBN-13: 9780316013567
Editorial Reviews
A Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2015
A Bank Street College Distinguished Children's Book
A 2015 NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Book

*"Full-page vivid watercolor paintings bustling with natural activity and fanciful detail flow through the hues of the seasons, ending in the spare whiteness of winter....A lively and engaging version of a favorite Aesop fable."—School Library Journal, starred review

*"Pinkney suggests that the world is better when everyone can follow his or her own gifts." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
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