Andy and the Graysons

Andy and the Graysons
Photo by: Nancy M.

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Andy learns that a little work today goes a long way.

10 minutes
36 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 8 tots


In the cul-de-sac at the end of Crabapple Road, there lived six children. Five of those children were the Graysons: Holly, Wally, Polly, Molly, and Craig, from tallest to shortest.

The other child was Andy Blue. He lived with his mother and father in the bright green house with the sign for Crabapple Road in the yard. Andy was small and nimble for his age, but he was lazy and loved nothing more than to eat.

At the beginning of summer, when the cherries were the reddest, Andy Blue laid in the lawn and spit pits. He spit pits at the mailbox, and he spit pits at the cat (who didn’t like Andy Blue very much). He spit so many pits and ate so many cherries that his stomach grew round and red, just like a cherry.

The Grayson children picked cherries too. They ate some, enough to make their lips bright red. But most of the cherries that Holly, Wally, Polly, Molly and Craig picked, they pitted and set in the sun to dry.

Andy started spitting pits at the Graysons. “Why are you working?” he called. “It’s summer! You should be lazy, like me!”

The Grayson children ignored him. They finished setting out their cherries and then they went to play foursquare together.

For the whole summer, Andy Blue ate enough cherries to make his tummy ache, and the Graysons dried twice as many as he could eat.

When the winter came, and the cherry tree lost its leaves and huddled in the snow, Andy Blue wished and wished for the sweet taste of his favorite fruit. He watched longingly as Holly, Wally, Polly, Molly and Craig threw snowballs at each other and ate handfuls of dried cherries.

“I should have done a little work in the summer,” Andy said sadly to himself, “and I’d have what I want today.”

Original Source

A retelling of Aesop’s “The Ants and the Grasshopper”

Developmental skills