Night Visitors
Night Visitors
By Ed Young
Illustrated by Ed Young
Philomel Books, 1992
ISBN-10: 0399227318

It happened that the storehouse of a certain merchant was besieged by ants. He proposes flooding the pests, but his kindhearted son seeks a more peaceful way. In a dream, the son is guided to a shining ant kingdom. Granted a vision of the value of even the humblest lives, he's able to avert ant annihilation. In keeping with the story's restrained and respectful mood, the illustrations display a modest, muted charm imbued with ocher.