The Ants and the Grasshopper

THE ANTS were spending a fine winters day drying grain collected in the summertime.

A Grasshopper, perishing with famine, passed by and earnestly begged for a little food. The Ants inquired of him, "Why did you not treasure up food during the summer?

He replied, "I had not leisure enough. I passed the days in singing. They then said in derision: "If you were foolish enough to sing all the summer, you must dance supperless to bed in the winter.

Vocabulary Help

  • ant - formiga
  • dry - secar
  • grain - grão
  • summertime - verão
  • grasshopper - cigarra
  • perish - perecer
  • beg - implorar, suplicar
  • treasure up food - acumular comida
  • leisure - lazer
  • sing - cantar
  • derision - desprezo
  • fool - tolo
  • supperless - sem jantar


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