A silly young cricket, accustomed to sing
Through the warm, sunny months of gay summer and spring,
Began to complain when he found that, at home,
His cupboard was empty, and winter was come.
     Not a crumb to be found
     On the snow-covered ground;
     Not a flower could he see,
     Not a leaf on a tree.
“Oh! what will become,” says the cricket, “of me?”
There was a cricket (an insect similar to a grasshopper) which was young and not so wise. He had the habit of singing during happy times. During spring and summer seasons, the warm sunny weather allowed lush green vegetation, and all living beings got adequate food and water. In contrast, during the winter months - the whole place was covered with snow. There were no plants, leaves or flowers in sight. Therefore animals found it hard to find food at such times. The cricket which enjoyed during the active warm months failed to store for the future. He opened the cupboard and found it empty - there was not a small piece of food to be found, because he had not saved any food. Winter had started, and now only the cricket realized that he had not stored food. He wondered what will happen to him because he did not have any food.
Meanings of difficult words:
accustomedhabitual, usual
gaybright, vibrant
crumba small piece of bread, biscuit etc.
Rhyming words:
  1. sing - spring
  2. home - come
  3. found - ground
  4. see - tree - me
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2008). Honeydew. The Ant and the Cricket - adapted from Aesop's Fables (pp. 21-23). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.