The Ant and the Grasshopper

Read by Judy Tenuta

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"The Ant and the Grasshopper" by Aesop

In a field one summer's day, a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by, hauling along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

"Why not come and play with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?"

"I am helping to save up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and I recommend you to do the same."

"Why worry about winter?" said the Grasshopper; "we have got plenty of food for now." But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food, and found itself dying of hunger, while every day it saw the ants eating corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.

And so the Grasshopper learned an important lesson:

"IT IS BEST TO PREPARE BEFORE YOU DESPAIR."