AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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O NE fine day in winter some Ants were busy drying their store of corn, which had got rather damp during a long spell of rain. Presently up came a Grasshopper and begged them to spare her a few grains, ' For," she said, I'm simply starving." The Ants stopped work for a moment, though this was against their principles. ' May we ask," said they, ' what you were doing with yourself all last summer ? Why didn't you collect a store of food for the winter ? ' The fact is," replied the Grasshopper, I was so busy singing that I hadn't the time." If you spent the summer singing," replied the Ants, ' you can't do better than spend the winter dancing." And they chuckled and went on with their work.