Alice & Gert: An Ant and Grasshopper Story by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dena Seiferling. Owlkids Books, 2020. 9781771473583
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? This modern rendition of a classic fable is beautifully written and charmingly illustrated with a nod to Alice Toklas and Gertrude Stein. In line with the original fable, Alice the ant is busily preparing for winter while Gert the grasshopper is singing and dancing the days away. As winter approaches, Gert begins to realize the error of her ways, and in a surprise twist, Alice lovingly cares for her by providing food and shelter. The reader is reminded that diversity matters, and that we all bring unique talents and skills that are best shared with others. Children will enjoy the detailed illustrations of adorable insects rendered in a soothing and calming palette of color.
Anything you did not like about the book? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This text would be a solid companion to other versions of the fable as a compare and contrast activity. Young children will enjoy the story and discussion about each character.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? 398.241
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street School, Northborough, Massachusetts.
Date of review: August 22, 2021