The Ant and The Grasshopper

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NARRATOR: Once upon a time in a field on a summer day , there was a happy Grasshopper who liked to play, sing, and dance all day.



GRASSHOPPER: What a splendid day!. la,la,la,la,la, I have nothing to do, but sing and play.  La, la, la, la,la.



NARRATOR: As she was singing, an ant was passing by.



ANT: Don’t you ever get tired of playing?.



GRASSHOPPER: Who, me?. Of course not!.



ANT: Don’t you ever work?.



GRASSHOPPER: Who, me?.  Of course not!.  Do you want to play with me?.



ANT: No,  I have work to do.



GRASSHOPPER: Come on, let’s sing together.



ANT: No, I’m very busy right now.



GRASSHOPPER: Work, work, work!.  That’s all you do. You don’t have time to play or sing with me.



ANT: No, I don’t.



GRASSHOPPER: Why are you in such a hurry?.



ANT: I have to take home this kernel of corn.






ANT: I have to store food for the winter.



GRASSHOPPER: How can you think about winter on such a fine day?.



ANT: Because the winter will be here soon, and food will be too hard to find and you should do the same.



GRASSHOPPER: I don’t want to worry about winter right now!.  You just go ahead and work, work, work and I will just play, sing, and dance.



ANT: Soon, you will not have enough food to eat.



GRASSHOPPER: I have plenty of food right now.



ANT: And what about tomorrow?.



GRASSHOPPER: I don’t worry about tomorrow.



ANT: I do.  Good-bye.



NARRATOR:  So the Ant went on its way and continued its work.  The weather soon turned cold, and all the food lying in the field was covered with a thick white blanket of snow.



GRASSHOPPER: I should have listened to the ant!.   It’s so cold that I can’t even play, or sing songs any more  and I don’t have food to eat.  I am sure the ant will help me!.



NARRATOR: The grasshopper went to the ant’s hill.



GRASSHOPPER: Please, ant give me something to eat.  I am cold and hungry.



ANT: Why should I help you?.  What did you do all summer?.



GRASSHOPPER: I played, sang, and danced.



ANT: And I worked, worked, worked!.  So go and play, sing, and dance.






Author: Aesop Fable



Adapted by: K I D S I N C O



Moral:  It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.


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The ants were spending a fine winter’s day drying grain collectedin the summer time.  A Grasshopper, perishing with famine, passed by and earnestly begged for a little food.  The Ants inquired of him, “Why did you not treasure up food during the summer?’  He

replied, “I had not leisure enough.  I passed the days in  singing.”  They then said in derision:  “If you were foolish enough to sing all the summer, you must dance supper less to bed in the winter.”




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