Reading/Interest Level: Toddler; Preschool
Author: Rebecca Emberley
Illustrator: Ed Emberley
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
A tired worker ant makes her way home with a huge load of watermelon on her back. She’s tired, hungry, and just wishes she was home already. Then she hears something. A beautiful something. A strange, musical something. She follows the noise and finds a grasshopper and his friends and their band. Their music relieves her worries and then she finds a way to pay them back as well.
This bright and fun children’s book strongly displays the power of music to lighten the mood and make things brighter. All who read The Ant and the Grasshopper will walk away feeling lighter, happier, and all around better about life. Young readers will love the illustrations and teachers and parents can use the example of the ant and the grasshopper in utilizing music to make hard things a little bit easier.