The Ant and the Grasshopper
. Roaring Brook Press . NY ,
PZ8.2.E5665 An 2012 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is an almost psychedelic, highly colorful, New Orleans inspired presentation of GA. I have never seen ant-eyes as wild as those we meet right from the start, on the cover and in the first pages. The first two lines make an excellent beginning: Somewhere on the boulevard of backyards an ant was struggling with the remnants of a picnic. How lovely! Our first view then of the grasshopper is upside down, accompanied by his buggy band. The ant falls in love with the music. It comforts her and makes her work easiser. The band accompanies her, playing all the way, back to the colony. To my surprise, the ant then invites them, in gratitude, into the cool of the underground. This approach to the story takes La Fontaine and even Disney to a new level. There is nothing at all negative anywhere from the ant or ants. This version of the fable does not just ask for a bedrudging recognition of the artist. It invites a wild celebration of the place of music in life. Laissez les bon temps roulez indeed! The moral of this telling is well expressed: And the music . . . Made everything brighter.