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Monday, November 5, 2007

An Aesop-Like Fable Teaches Balance in Life

Title: The Leaping Grasshopper
Author: Jeanne Archambault
Illustrator: Dwight Smith

Publisher and/or Distributor: Jitterbug Books
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Pages: 32
ISBN: 978-0-9763031-2-1
Price: $15.95
Publishing Date: 2006
Reader: Bob Spear
Rating: 4 hearts

This picture book tells a story in Aesop’s style about a grasshopper who is too busy jumping high, far, and often to take the time to make friends and play along the way. Toward the end of the day, he notices the only animal still left in his vicinity is a cat. Although he is frightened of the cat, he asks if she wants to play. She politely replies yes, and they play together. This raises grasshopper’s realizations that perhaps he should have taken the time to make more friends and will demonstrate his willingness to do so from now on.

The quality of this book’s poetry does a good job of teaching the need for friendliness. The story is similar enough to Aesop’s grasshopper to reinforce the need for more than single-mindedness, whether it be work or play. Balance in life is what is taught here. We rated this book four hearts.

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