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Children's Fiction Adaptations

Alice and Gert

An Ant and Grasshopper Story

by (author) Helaine Becker

illustrated by Dena Seiferling

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Aug 2020
Adaptations, Values & Virtues, Insects, Spiders, etc., Friendship
Recommended Age
3 to 7
Recommended Grade
k to 4
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2020
    List Price

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It’s high summer in the meadow where Alice the ant and Gert the grasshopper live. Alice is hard at work preparing for winter, harvesting heavy loads of seeds. Meanwhile, Gert prefers to play, since winter is ages away. Gert dances through the long days of summer, singing, performing, and creating art out of flowers and leaves. Alice tries to convince Gert to work, but Gert wants to have fun—and to entertain Alice, too! She hates to see Alice work so hard.

When winter arrives, Gert’s nest is cold and her food supplies are low. But rather than refusing to share, Alice acknowledges the value of Gert’s work and the beauty of the art that lightened her load. Alice repays Gert’s kindness by sharing her hard-won food.

Based on the classic story of the ant and grasshopper, this is a modern fable with a heartwarming twist that values diverse contributions and honors friendship and the power of art.

About the authors


Helaine Becker
est l'auteure de nombreux livres jeunesse primés. Elle a écrit plus de 80
livres, dont Raconte-moi les graphiques : L'histoire de William Playfair et
l'album illustré à succès Un porc-épic dans un sapin. Helaine
habite à Toronto, en Ontario.


HELAINE BECKER is the author of numerous of books of fiction and non-fiction for children, among them the best-selling A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its sequel, Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells, The Haunted House That Jack Built and Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner. Her books have won the Silver Birch Award and the CBA Libris Award and have been shortlisted for the Red Cedar, the Hackmatack and the Rocky Mountain awards. Helaine lives in Toronto with her family. Visit her at

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DENA SEIFERLING is an illustrator and needle-felt artist living in Calgary, Alberta, with her husband, two children and two dogs. Alice and Gert is her second picture book. Her first book, King Mouse, written by Cary Fagan, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award. 


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Editorial Reviews

"A fantastically sublime retelling/twist of the famous fable, full of wit, whimsy, and oodles of heart—as well as the most expressive and wondrous illustrations of insects and their surroundings."

Fab Book Reviews

"The story makes for an ideal read aloud with young children... As the story is a fresh take on a traditional fable, it ends with a subtle moral about kindness, hard work, and friendship. The book also celebrates diversity and recognizes that each individual possesses something of value."

Canadian Review of Materials

"Beautifully illustrated... this retelling retains the original story, but it feels fresh."

Kiss the Book

"In this delightful twist on Aesop’s fable of the Ant and Grasshopper, Helaine Becker acknowledges the value of hard work, but also friendship, goodness, and creativity... This book would be great as a read-aloud for Kindergarten and Grade 1 students, leading to discussions of our own unique gifts."

Green Teacher

"This modern rendition of a classic fable is beautifully written and charmingly illustrated."

Youth Services Book Review

"Filled with wonderful narration, and accompanied by appealing and distinctive artwork, this is a tale that is sure to be requested numerous times."

Sal's Fiction Addiction

"The messages are strikingly worthwhile... [The illustrations] create profound scenes that are steeped in atmosphere and characters evocative with feeling."

CanLit for Little Canadians

"Graceful, kind, and altogether soothing."

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