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    Chris Raschka,Nikki Giovanni
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    Candlewick; First Edition edition (May 13, 2008)
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Chris Raschka has illustrated many celebrated picture books, including the poetry anthologies A POKE IN THE I and A KICK IN. .The recipient of both a Caldecott Medal and a Caldecott Honor, Chris Raschka lives in New York.

The recipient of both a Caldecott Medal and a Caldecott Honor, Chris Raschka lives in New York.

The Grasshopper's Song book. An Aesop's fable retold about a Grasshopper trying to get respect for his musical talent. Raschka's illustrations are fluid and fun, although the color pallet seems gaudy or even vulgar, slightly offensive to my own sense of color preferences. But that is very personal. I enjoyed reading about the case but was not quite convinced by the verdict. Grasshopper plays music for the ants while they are working.

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The Grasshopper's Song: An Aesop's Fable Revisited by Nikki Giovanni, Chris Raschka (Illustrator). Raschka’s illustration of Juster’s The Hello, Goodbye Window, won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 2006. The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster, Chris Raschka (Illustrator). The Owl and the Tuba by James H Lehman, Chris Raschka (Illustrator). The American Library Association awards the medal annually to the American artist who has created the most distinguished picture book.

The grasshopper’s song. An Aesop’s Fable Revisited. by Nikki Giovanni & illustrated by Chris Raschka. Rendered in curling brushstrokes, Raschka’s animal figures dress and stand as humans, though they crowd so close to each other that they tend to blend into shimmering, impressionistic tableaux. Before closing with an unlikely feel-good ending the jury reaches a verdict, but readers-children too, though the author more pointedly addresses parents, politicians and school administrators-may want to continue the discussion. The ant and the grasshopper.

The Grasshoppers is the third maxi single of South Korean group Sunny Hill. It was released in January 12, 2012 with "The Grasshoppers Song" as the A-side and promotional track. The single was the last by band member Janghyun, before his leaving to serve in the South Korean military service for 2 years. On his return from the military Janghyun left the group to concentrate on producing.

The Grasshopper's Song: An Aesop's Fable Revisited. by Nikki Giovanni and Chris Raschka. 10 Total Resources View Text Complexity Submit Text Complexity. Meet-the-Author Movie. Name Pronunciation with Nikki Giovanni. Name Pronunciation with Chris Raschka. Interview with Chris Raschka. Created by National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature.

Chris Raschka, winner of the 2012 Caldecott Medal for A Ball for Daisy, is the acclaimed illustrator of many books for children, including I Pledge Allegiance by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson; Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales; The Grasshopper’s Song by Nikki Giovanni; and . and Michael Sampson; Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales; The Grasshopper’s Song by Nikki Giovanni; and A Poke in the I, A Kick in the Head, and A Foot. Chris Raschka lives in New York City.

The Grasshopper's Song: an Aesop's fable revisited, Author: Nikki Giovanni, Illustrator: Chris Raschka, Picture Book, © 2008 Summary: Angry that his singing is unappreciated by the Ants who relied on his music t.

Artfully retold by a renowned poet and illustrated with energy and charm by a Caldecott Medalist, this twist on an Aesop fable is as witty asit is satisfying.Every year the Grasshoppers sing and play their instruments and the Ants work in rhythm to the music. The crops come up smoothly, and the Ants bring in the harvest to the Grasshoppers’ beat. But when winter comes, the Ants turn their backs on the Grasshoppers, and Jimmy Grasshopper finds this unfair. He’s hired Robin, Robin, Robin, and Wren to sue Abigail and Nestor Ant for what he deserves — R-E-S-P-E-C-T — and a one-half share of the harvest. But will a jury of his peers agree about the worth of art?

A book promoting laziness, entitlement, and wanton litigation. The precedent set by this verdict is disturbing and teaches kids the opposite of strong work ethic. Just do what you want and sue those who do work if they don't appreciate you. Possibly the worst book I've ever read.
I have two comments on the story. First, this is not simply an interesting update to an old fable - it's a political statement. The grasshopper is not a shiftless bum, but more like a street entertainer. He uses his talent with the hope that someone will enjoy his work enough to pay him. Times haven't changed that much. Sports figures - who, by the way are also using their talent with the hope that someone will pay them - are overpaid while writers, artists and musicians (teachers, policemen and others) struggle for meager wages. My second comment is that, although this is beautifully illustrated and a well written and clever story, it is not written for second and third grade children.
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The other reviewer hit it perfectly: 'Frederick' was much better about dealing with art and society.

Now for my rant. So the grasshopper decides to sue the ants because they were listening to him play while they worked... even though they did not ask him to do so (reminded me of street performers: just because you may be in their presence doesn't mean you have to pay them). They DID tell him that he should be gathering for the winter, because ants, like ALL responsible people, know there's a time to work and a time to play.
As soon as I saw the word "reparations", I knew the outcome... and was not disappointed, unfortunately. The grasshopper gets half of the ants' harvest... and for what? Fooling around, being indigent, being a bum. "I'm gonna play my flute and gets de welfare!" In real life if you were sued for such nonsense would you tolerate the verdict?

Now I'm all for art, being a struggling artist, but I think it'd be ridiculous for me to stand in a museum and charge people to look at my work for x minutes ("Hey, pal, the meter's running!") or sue them because they were in my work's presence.

Argh! This book made me so angry. My wife read it to my daughter, and my little one was smart enough to figure out the ending was b.s.

Aesop's The Ants and the Grasshopper was/is perfectly fine... but I guess it's not p.c. enough for these times. Too bad. The original has a great lesson for real life.
I don't understand how an author as accomplished as Nikki Giovanni could write such a clunker. The characters aren't compelling, the trial setting and court procedures are too dry and/or unfamiliar to be engaging for young readers and, with a few exceptions, the dialogue is pedestrian. Forty years ago Leo Lionni's endearing "Frederick" answered the important question of what value the artist brings to his community much more lyrically, gently, and succinctly and in a beautiful form congruent with its message. "The Grasshopper's Song" falls extremely short in comparison.
I have rarely been so affected by a children's book--that's something, I suppose, but it isn't enough to mitigate the fact that this book stinks on all levels. The only reason I gave it one star is because I couldn't give it less.

The message in this book is simple--if you feel unappreciated, sue the people who don't appreciate you. Never mind that the Ants never ASKED the Grasshopper to play for them. Never mind that he never did ANY of the heavy lifting and harvesting, which would probably be a more valuable service to them and one which they might be willing to pay for. He sang. They enjoyed it, but they didn't attach any *importance* to it, and so they must be punished for "disrespecting" him. Poor Ants...nobody told *them* they had to bow down to the guy playing the fiddle.

I don't know if Ms. Giovanni just had her salary cut, if her last volume of poetry didn't sell, or if she felt like someone stiffed her after she did a reading or what, but her little "fable" is one long, heavy-handed scream of personal rage.

On the technical side, the writing is way above kid level--how many young children understand how to bring a lawsuit?! (And if that's what she's trying to teach them, God help us all.), and the pictures are dark and sort of smeared-looking I like Chris Raschka, but he can do better than this.

All I can say is, I warn everyone who is thinking about even being in the AREA where Ms. Giovanni is doing a book signing or poetry reading to STAY AWAY, lest she sue you for the crime of overhearing her. Nothing is worse than a pissed-off Grashopper with a Johnnie-Cochran lawyer.
My mother purchased this book for my 4 year old daughter. I'm sure the pictures appealed to her- she obviously didn't read the text of the story. I admit, I flipped through, looked at the pictures, and put it on my daughter's shelf and we were both extremely disappointed when she finally asked me to read it as a bedtime story last night.
Aside from my complaints about the content of the story- the grasshopper is attempting to sue the ants for enjoying the music he played all summer. The language of the book is too adult and dry, and will not engage most children. Sentences like "Motions were filed, and depositions were taken" have no business being in what at first glance appears to be a children's picture book.
This book is a retelling of Aesop's fable. It is more than just a retelling, it twists the moral and corrupts the entire story. The grasshopper sues the ants who have warned him to work, yet the "court" grants the grasshopper half of what they have labored for all summer. This is a political statement by the author and is not appropriate for children. It teachs that all you have to do is sue somebody using some lame reasoning and you too can get something for nothing. It teachs that being a slacker is honorable and that you are owed a living at the expense of those who actually work. I read this to my son and was appalled at the ending of this story. I immediately had to explain to him that this was a terrible book that taught bad lessons and we would not be reading it again. It is on its way to a landfill at this moment.