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The Cricket in Times Square
Contributor(s): Selden, George (Author), Williams, Garth (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0312380038     ISBN-13: 9780312380038
Publisher: Square Fish
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2008
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Annotation: A Connecticut cricket named Chester hops a ride in a picnic basket and ends up in a near-bankrupt newsstand in Times Square. He teams up with the son of the newsstand's owners, a fast-talking mouse and a local cat to rescue the business.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles - City & Town Life
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - Insects, Spiders, Etc.
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 8-11
Grade Level: 3-6
Lexile Measure: 780(Not Available)
Series: Chester Cricket and His Friends
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 5.2" W x 7.6" (0.25 lbs) 144 pages
Themes:
- Locality - New York, N.Y.
- Geographic Orientation - New York
- Topical - Friendship
- Cultural Region - Mid-Atlantic
- Cultural Region - Northeast U.S.
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian, Table of Contents
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 22
Reading Level: 4.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 4.0
 
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Publisher Description:

Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he'd seen it all. But he's never met a cricket before, which really isn't surprising, because, along with his friend Harry Cat, Tucker lives in the very heart of New York City--the Times Square subway station. Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow. He'd be there still if he hadn't followed the entrancing aroma of liverwurst right into someone's picnic basket. Now, like any tourist in the city, he wants to look around. And he could not have found two better guides--and friends--than Tucker and Harry. The trio have many adventures--from taking in the sights and sounds of Broadway to escaping a smoky fire.

Chester makes a third friend, too. It is a boy, Mario, who rescues Chester from a dusty corner of the subway station and brings him to live in the safety of his parents' newsstand. He hopes at first to keep Chester as a pet, but Mario soon understands that the cricket is more than that. Because Chester has a hidden talent and no one--not even Chester himself--realizes that the little country cricket may just be able to teach even the toughest New Yorkers a thing or two.

The Cricket in Times Square is a 1961 Newbery Honor Book.


Contributor Bio(s): Selden, George: - George Selden (1929-1989) was the author of A Cricket in Times Square, winner of the 1961 Newbery Honor and a timeless children's classic. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Selden received his B.A. from Yale, where he was a member of the Elizabethan Club and contributed to the literary magazine. He spent three summer sessions at Columbia University and, after college, studied for a year in Rome on a Fulbright Scholarship. People often asked Selden how he got the idea for The Cricket in Times Square. "One night I was coming home on the subway, and I did hear a cricket chirp in the Times Square subway station. The story formed in my mind within minutes. An author is very thankful for minutes like those, although they happen all too infrequently." The popular Cricket series grew to seven titles, including Tucker's Countryside and The Old Meadow. In 1973, The Cricket in Times Square was made into an animated film. Selden wrote more than fifteen books, as well as two plays. His storytelling blends the marvelous with the commonplace realities of life, and it was essential to him that his animal characters display true emotions and feelings.Williams, Garth: - Garth Williams (1912-96) illustrated all seven of the Chester Cricket books and many other works, including Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web.
 
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