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The Ant and The Grasshopper

on Wed, 07/06/2016 - 14:39

Usha Pandit (2011) Empowering English Grade 3 Mindsprings Publication

Once, near a field, there lived an ant and a grasshopper. All day long the ant worked hard, collecting little grains of wheat. She picked them up one by one and took them to her anthill home. She worked without rest, stopping only for a bite of lunch.

The grasshopper would look at her and laugh. “Why do you work so hard, dear ant?” he asked her. “Come and listen to my song. It is summer. The days are bright and sweet. Why waste the best days with rough work and sweat?”

The ant heard him but did not speak. She just worked on. “What a silly little ant you are!” the grasshopper said. “Soon the summer will be gone and you will be sorry for not enjoying these sunny days.” So saying, the grasshopper danced and sang around the ant.

Soon autumn came, and then winter. The sun was not to be seen. The days were short and grey, the nights long and dark. It became freezing cold, and snow began to fall.

The grasshopper was cold and hungry. He had nothing to eat. The field was dry and there was no food to be found anywhere. “Oh what shall I do? Where shall I go?” said the grasshopper. He thought of the ant. “I shall go to the ant and ask her for food.”

Then he remembered how he had made fun of the ant and laughed at her. How could he ask her for food now? The grasshopper was so weak that he sank near the anthill’s door. The ant peeped out and looked at the cold and dying grasshopper. She took him in and gave him some warm food.

All summer long you worked hard while I made fun of you,” said the grasshopper. “I should have thought of the winter then. I have been a fool. Will you forgive me?”

Of course I forgive you. You have been foolish. It is good that you know now that you must work hard and find food when the days are bright, so that you have enough to eat during the tough times,” said the kind ant.