The Little Red Ant And The Great Big Crumb by Shirley ClimoThe Little Red Ant And The Great Big Crumb by Shirley Climo

The Little Red Ant And The Great Big Crumb

byShirley ClimoIllustratorFrancisco Mora

Paperback | October 12, 1999

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This distinctly Mexican version of an old fable found in Spain, Portugal, and France is retold and updated by a well-known storyteller. The little red ant has found a wonderful crumb, but she's not strong enough to carry it all the way home. Going from one creature to the next, asking for help, the little red ant is surprised to discover who is the strongest of all. Spanish words add to the text's Mexican flavor, and bold, playful illustrations, hinting at what's coming next, make this story a real page-turner." "
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Title:The Little Red Ant And The Great Big CrumbFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 10 × 7.81 × 0.14 inPublished:October 12, 1999Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0395720974

ISBN - 13:9780395720974

Appropriate for ages: 4


From Our Editors

A small red ant finds a crumb in a Mexican cornfield, but she is afraid that she lacks the strength to move it herself and goes off to find an animal that can.

Editorial Reviews

A satisfying Mexican version of the rock-scissors-paper fable, accompanied by simple but expressive pictures. A tiny ant finds a crumb too heavy to lift and begs help from the lizard, who is so strong he can blow down an anthill. The lizard refuses, however, for he is cold and must wait for the sun to warm him. The ant finds a creature stronger than the sun, the rooster, and then discovers that the rooster is afraid of the coyote, who fears the man, who in turn respects the stinging powerof the ant. When the ant puts all these events in order, she lifts and carries her own little burden with confidence. Mora's watercolor pictures zoom down to the insect's level, eliminating most details and leaving only the subtle shading of animals' bodies, leaves, and corn stalks. The Spanish words sprinkled throughout can usually be understood in context, but a glossary is appended just in case." School Library Journal "