Author of the prize-winning The Reason for the Pelican (1959, p. 489, J-265) follows an ant through dirt tunnels, up and down grass blades, and to his winter home. The busy ant, John J. Plenty, stores up food for winter days, but when winter comes, he is afraid to eat his supply for fear it will run out. Meanwhile the grasshopper has fiddled and lazed, watching the ant work. Both survive, but the fiddler comes out ahead. The unusual pencil illustrations are quite good, but too sophisticated and gray for young onlookers. And, although sentences are sometimes divided awkwardly to achieve rhyme, the verse of Ciardi is rollicking fun for listeners.