The Ant and The Grasshopper

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THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

 

 

 

CHARACTERS:

NARRATOR

GRASSHOPPER

ANT

 

 

SCRIPT:

 

 

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.

 

 

GRASSHOPPER: What for?.

 

 

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.

 

 

THE END

 

 

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 ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

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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