The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast by William Roscoe
The rhyming poem describes a whimsical ball attended by insects and creatures who gather for a night of music, dancing, and merry-making. A mirror of the London ton, the story adds whimsical character to those attending the festivities.
Sir George Smart set music to the rhyming story at the request of King George III and Queen Charlotte for the delight of their daughters Elizabeth, Augusta, and Mary. The princesses performed the musical during a holiday at Weymouth.
A series of little books measuring just 5 by 4 inches were published throughout the latter part of the 1700s and in to the early part of the 1800s. The small books were written by various authors, some lost to the years. One series, Harriet's Cabinet began with the Butterfly's Ball published in 1807 and followed by The Peacock at Home,
The Elephant's Ball by W. B. (it is unknown who the initials refer to)
and The Lion's Masquerade by Catherine Ann Turner Dorset
An updated version of the Butterfly's Ball and Grasshopper's Feast won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year award in 1973 with colorful illustrations by Alan Aldridge.
May you enjoy each of these sweet tales as much as I did.