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The Ants(蚂蚁) and the
It is summer. The sun is shining brightly. It is very hot. The
Grasshopper is lying under the shade and drinking a cold glass of
lemonade. The Ants are busy doing something..
It was a fine winter day, and the ants(蚂蚁) were storing away(贮存) all
the food they had collected(收集) in the summer.
Grasshopper: Jeez! What a hot day! I am so hot and thirsty. Mmm.This
lemonade is so sweet and cold. I love the summer。
A very hungry grasshopper(蝗虫) passed by and asked them for something
The ants(蚂蚁) asked him, “Why didn’t you collect(收集) any food during
Ants: One, two!
He replied(回复), “I didn’t have any spare(空闲的) time—I spent the days
Then they said, “If you were foolish(愚蠢的) enough to sing all summer,
you must dance hungry to bed in the winter.”
Anta: Let’s work!
MORAL: Prepare(准备) today for the needs of tomorrow.
Ants: Three, four!
An astronomer(天文学家) used to go out every night to look at the stars.
Ants: All day!
One night, while looking up to the skies, he fell into a well.
Someone who heard his cries, ran up to him, and said,“While you are
trying to learn about the mysteries(奥秘) of heaven(天空), you
miss(错过) the common things under your feet.”
Grasshopper: Look at those Ants. What are they doing? Why are they
working so hard? It is too hot to work today. They must be crazy。
MORAL: We should never look so high that we miss(错过) seeing the things
The Bald(秃头的) Man and the
Queen: Come on! Work faster!
A fly bit(叮) the head of a bald(秃头的) man who, trying to kill it,
only succeeded in hitting himself hard on the head.
蚁后：加油！快一点！ The Ants are busy gathering food. All of the Ants
are sweating. 蚂蚁们正在忙着收集食物。所有的蚂蚁都在流汗。
Escaping(逃脱), the fly made fun(玩笑) of him, saying,
Grasshopper: Oh, my, my! Look at those silly Worker Ants! They are likes
slaves. Look at them sweat! Terrible!
“You who have wished to revenge(报复), even with death, the bite(叮) of
a tiny insect(昆虫),see what harm(伤害) you have done to yourself in the
The bald(秃头的) man replied(回答), “I hurt(弄伤) myself by
mistake(无意中), but you hurt(弄伤) me on purpose.
The Queen Ant tells the Worker Ants to work harder。
I wish that I could have killed you, even if by doing so I had
hurt(弄伤) myself even more!”
MORAL: Don’t hurt(弄伤) yourself to get revenge(报复) on another.
Queen: We don’t have much time. Hurry up! We have to gather more food!
The Bee(蜜蜂) and
A queen(王后) bee(蜜蜂) flew up to heaven(天国) to give Zeus some fresh
Ants: Yes, ma’am!
Zeus, happy with the gift(对…感到满意), promised(许诺) to give her
whatever she should ask for.
She said, “Give me a sting(（昆虫的）刺), so if any man tries to take my
honey(蜂蜜), I can hurt(伤害) him.”
Grasshopper: Gather food? No time? What does the Queen Ant mean? There
is lots of food here. How silly!
Zeus was very unhappy, as he loved men, but could not refuse(拒绝)
because of his promise(诺言).
He then answered the bee(蜜蜂), “You shall have your
sting(（昆虫的）刺), but it will cost you your own life.
The Grasshopper doesn’t understand why the Ants are working so hard.
But, he becomes a little curious. He calls the Queen Ant to talk.
If you use your sting(（昆虫的）刺), it will stay in their body, and you
will die from the loss of it.”
Grasshopper: Hello there, Queen Ant! Can I ask you a question?
MORAL: By hurting(伤害) others, we often hurt(伤害) ourselves.
The Bees(蜜蜂) and the
Queen: What is it? I am very busy。
A thief(小偷) got into a beekeeper(养蜂人)’s property when its owner was
away and stole(偷窃) all the honey(蜂蜜).
When the owner came back and saw that the honey(蜂蜜) was gone,he stood
there thinking about what had happened.
Grasshopper: It is very hot today. Come under the shade and rest for a
The bees(蜜蜂) then came back to their home and when they found the
beekeeper(养蜂人) there,they attacked him fiercely(猛烈地) with their
The beekeeper(养蜂人) said to the bees(蜜蜂), “You stupid(愚蠢的)
Queen: I don’t have time to rest. Please ask your question。
You let the man who stole(偷窃) your honey(蜂蜜) get away
while you direct your anger at me, the person who takes care of you and
tries to protect(保护) you!”
Grasshopper: Okay. Why are you gathering food?
MORAL: People often blame(把…归咎于) their misfortunes(不幸) on their
friends, rather than their enemies(敌人).
The Belly(胃) and the Body
Queen: It will be winter soon. We must be prepared。
One day, all the body parts realized(意识到) that they were doing all
the work,and the belly(胃) was getting all the food.
They held a meeting, and after a long discussion(讨论), decided to stop
work until the belly(胃) agreed to help.
Grasshopper: The winter?! You must be kidding! It is July. Winter is far
away. There is lots of food everywhere. Stop working. Come sing and
dance with me。
So for a day or two, the hands refused(拒绝) to take food,the mouth
refused(拒绝) to receive(接受) it,and the teeth(牙齿) had no work to do.
But after a few days, the other body parts began to find that they were
not in good condition.
Queen: There is no time to sing and play. Winter will come soon, I say.
You should also gather some food. Or else, you will starve in the
The hands could hardly move, and the mouth was dry, while the legs were
unable to support the body.
They found that even the belly(胃), in its quiet way, was doing
Grasshopper: No, thank you. You keep working. I’ll keeps singing and
dancing in the shade。
They all must work together or the body will go to pieces.
MORAL: It takes all kinds of people to make human society work.
Queen: Do as you please. But don’t come to me for food later。
Grasshopper: Don’t worry, I won’t. There is lots of food。
蚱蜢：别担心，我不会的。这里有很多食物。 The Queen Ant and the Worker
Ants continue to work. 蚁后和工蚁们继续工作。
Grasshopper: Poor Ants! They have no fun. I will sing alone。
蚱蜢：可怜的蚂蚁们！他们没有生活乐趣。我要一个人唱歌。 The Grasshopper
sings his favorite song. 蚱蜢唱起来自己最喜欢的歌。
Grasshopper: “It’s summer. Let’s have some fun. Let’s sing and dance all
day long. La, la-la, la, la. La, la-la, la, la What a great song!
The Grasshopper continues to sing and dance all summer long. He does not
gather any food. Soon autumn comes and weather gets colder each day. The
fields turn yellow and the leaves fall. The Grasshopper wakes up one
autumn morning with a cold.
Grasshopper: Achoo! It is cold this morning. It is much colder than
yesterday. Where are all the leaves? Is it already autumn?
The Grasshopper looks around the field. He suddenly realizes that summer
is over, but he doesn’t worry too much。
Grasshopper: It is a little cold. But it’s not too bad. And there is
still enough food. I shall sing a little more。
Grasshopper: La, la-la, la-la, la, la. La, la-la, la-la, la, la。
蚱蜢：啦、啦、啦。。。、啦、啦。。。、啦、啦。。。 The Grasshopper
continues to sing and dance all through the autumn. The fields are now
covered with snow, and the wind is very cold. There is nothing to eat.
It is winter.
Grasshopper: I’m very cold. I hate the cold weather. I hate the winter。
蚱蜢：我很冷。我讨厌冷天气。我讨厌冬天。 The Grasshopper looks around
for food in the cold. He is freezing and starving to death, but he can’t
find any food.
Grasshopper: Where is all the food? I am so hungry and cold。
蚱蜢：食物都到哪里去了？我又饿又冷。 The Grasshopper is about to fall to
the ground when suddenly he thinks of the Queen Ant and Worker Ants.
Grasshopper: I wonder what the Ants are doing. They must have lots of
food. Perhaps, they might help me。
The Grasshopper finds the Queen Ant’s house. He hears singing and
dancing coming out from the inside. He knocks at the door.
Queen: I wonder who it is。
The Queen Ant opens the door and is very surprised。
Queen: Mr. Grasshopper! What brings you here? And why are you so pale?
Grasshopper: I haven’t eaten for five days。
Queen: Why not? Didn’t you gather any food during the summer?
Grasshopper: No, I didn’t. I was too busy singing and dancing.
Queen: Too bad. What do you want?
Grasshopper: Can I have something to eat, please?
Queen: Remember what I said, “Don’t come to me for food later…”
Grasshopper: Yes, I do. But I am so hungry. Please, give me a little
Queen: Well, okay. Just wait here for a minute。
The Queen Ant feels sorry for the Grasshopper and goes to the kitchen to
get him some bread. But when she comes back, the Grasshopper and his
guitar have already frozen like ice.
Queen: Poor Mr. Grasshopper! Why don’t you sing and dance now?
MORAL Don’t be lazy. Always be prepared and diligent. Then you will
always be happy。