The cricket in Times Square

Author Selden, George.
Language English
Publisher
Solon Ohio: Findaway World LLC, 2012




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.



Subjects :

  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Animals
  • Crickets
  • Fiction
  • Fiction.
  • New York (City)
  • Mice
  • Insects
  • Juvenile fiction
  • Cats
  • New York (N. Y.)
  • Children's stories
  • Newbery Medal books
  • Stories
  • Juvenile fiction.

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Notable Children's Books, 1960 , ALSC American Library Association
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 , H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 , H.W. Wilson

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Newbery Honor Book , 1961
  • John Newbery Medal , Honor Book , 1961, United States
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award , Winner , 1979, Massachusetts
  • Audie Award , Finalist , 2009, United States
  • Grammy Award , Nominee , 2009, United States

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Voice of Youth Award; Nominee 2003-2004 Illinois

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Curriculum Tools :

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Reading Measurement Programs:


0440228891, 9780440228899
Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers (New York:) 1999.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 780
Accelerated Reader Points


0440415632, 9780440415633
Recorded Books (Prince Frederick MD:) 1997.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 4.9
Accelerated Reader Points 4

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 780
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 8

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 4.9
Accelerated Reader Points 4

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 780
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 8


0374316503, 9780374316501
Farrar Straus (New York [NY]:) 1986.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 780
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 8


999999
Square Fish (New York:) 2008.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 780
Accelerated Reader Points

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Reviews :

Barbara Carroll Roberts (Children's Literature)
A classic Newbery Honor Book first published in 1960, this quiet story of friendship and loyalty continues to charm young readers, particularly those who love animals. This is a quiet tale: Chester Cricket, Tucker Mouse, and Harry Cat meet at the Bellini s newsstand in New York s Times Square subway station when young Mario Bellini finds the cricket in a pile of trash. The lonely boy decides to keep Chester as a pet, and a series of adventures ensue. Action-and-adventure fans may have a difficult time with the leisurely pace and low-key action of this book, but its loving portrait of real friendship continues to make it a classroom favorite with fourth and fifth graders. Modern parents and teachers may want to take a close look at Seldon s portrayal of Sai Fong, the elderly Chinese man who gives Mario a cricket cage. In 1960 racial stereotypes were still common in American literature, and Sai Fong certainly falls into this category. There s nothing ugly here--on the contrary, Sai Fong could not be more lovingly drawn--but his giggling and fractured-English may give offense, nonetheless. Certainly this is an aspect of the book that adults would want to discuss with young readers. Part of the Chester Cricket series. 2006 (orig. 1960), Yearling/Random House Children s Books, $6.50 and $16.00. Ages 8 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus (New York [NY]:), PUBLISHED: 1986.)

Carolyn R. Angus (Audiofile, January 1996)
When Chester, a musically talented country cricket from Connecticut, is accidentally transported to the 42nd Street Subway Station in New York City, he finds shelter in a newsstand and makes friends with Mario, a young boy, Tucker the Mouse and Harry the Cat. All the warmth and humor of this Newbery Honor animal adventure are heightened by actor Rene Auberjonois's expressive reading. Vocal characterizations are superb--just right for soft-spoken Chester, fast-talking Tucker and streetwise Harry. The brief passages of music for Chester's performances are delightfully cricket-like and charming. Could anything be better than reading Selden's The Cricket in Times Square? Yes, listening to this audio performance. C.R.A. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 1995 (orig. 1960), Random House Audio, Twp cassettes, 3 hrs., Retail pak, $16.99.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library (New York:), PUBLISHED: p1995.)

Ann Ritchie (Audiofile, October/November 2008)
Chester Cricket's departure from bucolic Connecticut was never planned, but his arrival at the 42nd Street subway station brings newfound friendships and delight to both people and animals. Young Mario, whose parents own a subway newsstand, finds the cricket and, in spite of his mother's protestations, is able to house, feed, and share the musical secrets of this charming insect. Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat befriend the new arrival and teach him the ways of subway survival. Tony Shaloub lets the Newbery Honor Book speak for itself. As an unobtrusive narrator, he furthers the story by giving personality to each character--a devoted Mario, a gentle insect hero, an excitable Mama Bellini, a wise music critic, an emotional mouse, and a savvy cat. Enjoy, and enjoy again and again. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 2008 (orig. 1960), Macmillan Audio, Two CDs, $14.95. Ages 6 up.
(PUBLISHER: Macmillan Audio Two CDs $14.95., PUBLISHED: 2008 (orig. 1960))

Ann Ritchie (Audiofile, October/November 2008)
Chester Cricket's departure from bucolic Connecticut was never planned, but his arrival at the 42nd Street subway station brings newfound friendships and delight to both people and animals. Young Mario, whose parents own a subway newsstand, finds the cricket and, in spite of his mother's protestations, is able to house, feed, and share the musical secrets of this charming insect. Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat befriend the new arrival and teach him the ways of subway survival. Tony Shaloub lets the Newbery Honor Book speak for itself. As an unobtrusive narrator, he furthers the story by giving personality to each character--a devoted Mario, a gentle insect hero, an excitable Mama Bellini, a wise music critic, an emotional mouse, and a savvy cat. Enjoy, and enjoy again and again. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 2008 (orig. 1960), Macmillan Audio, Two CDs, $14.95. Ages 6 up.
(PUBLISHER: Macmillan Audio (New York:), PUBLISHED: p2008.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
A Newbery Honor Book, as well as an ALA Notable Book, The Cricket in Times Square has become a favorite with readers across the world. Comfortably snuggled beside the remnants of a liverwurst sandwich, Chester Cricket fell asleep in the picnic basket. When he leaps out of the basket, he is far from his Connecticut meadow home, in the middle of the Times Square subway station in New York City. Making friends with the street-wise mouse; a tomcat with a soft-spot for opera; and a small boy named Mario; Chester discovers a talent hidden deep inside him. Just maybe this little country cricket can teach these tough New Yorkers a thing or two. When it was first published The Cricket in Times Square, Selden s most famous book, was the first animal fantasy story to take place exclusively in the city. Now considered a classic, this whimsical story about the friendship between a cat, a mouse and a cricket has been read and loved by several generations. n.d., n/a, SteadyReader CD; C7039, $30.75. Ages 5 to 11.
(PUBLISHER: n/a SteadyReader CD; C7039 $30.75., PUBLISHED: n.d.)

Barbara Carroll Roberts (Children's Literature)
A classic Newbery Honor Book first published in 1960, this quiet story of friendship and loyalty continues to charm young readers, particularly those who love animals. This is a quiet tale: Chester Cricket, Tucker Mouse, and Harry Cat meet at the Bellini s newsstand in New York s Times Square subway station when young Mario Bellini finds the cricket in a pile of trash. The lonely boy decides to keep Chester as a pet, and a series of adventures ensue. Action-and-adventure fans may have a difficult time with the leisurely pace and low-key action of this book, but its loving portrait of real friendship continues to make it a classroom favorite with fourth and fifth graders. Modern parents and teachers may want to take a close look at Seldon s portrayal of Sai Fong, the elderly Chinese man who gives Mario a cricket cage. In 1960 racial stereotypes were still common in American literature, and Sai Fong certainly falls into this category. There s nothing ugly here--on the contrary, Sai Fong could not be more lovingly drawn--but his giggling and fractured-English may give offense, nonetheless. Certainly this is an aspect of the book that adults would want to discuss with young readers. Part of the Chester Cricket series. 2006 (orig. 1960), Yearling/Random House Children s Books, $6.50 and $16.00. Ages 8 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books (Prince Frederick MD:), PUBLISHED: p1997.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
A Newbery Honor Book, as well as an ALA Notable Book, The Cricket in Times Square has become a favorite with readers across the world. Comfortably snuggled beside the remnants of a liverwurst sandwich, Chester Cricket fell asleep in the picnic basket. When he leaps out of the basket, he is far from his Connecticut meadow home, in the middle of the Times Square subway station in New York City. Making friends with the street-wise mouse; a tomcat with a soft-spot for opera; and a small boy named Mario; Chester discovers a talent hidden deep inside him. Just maybe this little country cricket can teach these tough New Yorkers a thing or two. When it was first published The Cricket in Times Square, Selden s most famous book, was the first animal fantasy story to take place exclusively in the city. Now considered a classic, this whimsical story about the friendship between a cat, a mouse and a cricket has been read and loved by several generations. n.d., n/a, SteadyReader Cassette; 79635, $30.75. Ages 5 to 11.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books (Prince Frederick MD:), PUBLISHED: p1997.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
A Newbery Honor Book, as well as an ALA Notable Book, The Cricket in Times Square has become a favorite with readers across the world. Comfortably snuggled beside the remnants of a liverwurst sandwich, Chester Cricket fell asleep in the picnic basket. When he leaps out of the basket, he is far from his Connecticut meadow home, in the middle of the Times Square subway station in New York City. Making friends with the street-wise mouse; a tomcat with a soft-spot for opera; and a small boy named Mario; Chester discovers a talent hidden deep inside him. Just maybe this little country cricket can teach these tough New Yorkers a thing or two. When it was first published The Cricket in Times Square, Selden s most famous book, was the first animal fantasy story to take place exclusively in the city. Now considered a classic, this whimsical story about the friendship between a cat, a mouse and a cricket has been read and loved by several generations. n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged CD - Library Edition; C1057, $30.75. Ages 5 to 11.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books (Prince Frederick Md.:), PUBLISHED: p1994 c1960.)

Barbara Carroll Roberts (Children's Literature)
A classic Newbery Honor Book first published in 1960, this quiet story of friendship and loyalty continues to charm young readers, particularly those who love animals. This is a quiet tale: Chester Cricket, Tucker Mouse, and Harry Cat meet at the Bellini s newsstand in New York s Times Square subway station when young Mario Bellini finds the cricket in a pile of trash. The lonely boy decides to keep Chester as a pet, and a series of adventures ensue. Action-and-adventure fans may have a difficult time with the leisurely pace and low-key action of this book, but its loving portrait of real friendship continues to make it a classroom favorite with fourth and fifth graders. Modern parents and teachers may want to take a close look at Seldon s portrayal of Sai Fong, the elderly Chinese man who gives Mario a cricket cage. In 1960 racial stereotypes were still common in American literature, and Sai Fong certainly falls into this category. There s nothing ugly here--on the contrary, Sai Fong could not be more lovingly drawn--but his giggling and fractured-English may give offense, nonetheless. Certainly this is an aspect of the book that adults would want to discuss with young readers. Part of the Chester Cricket series. 2006 (orig. 1960), Yearling/Random House Children s Books, $6.50 and $16.00. Ages 8 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Dell Pub. Co. (New York N.Y.:), PUBLISHED: 1960.(Dell Pub. Co. (New York N.Y.:), PUBLISHED: 1960.) (Dell Pub. Co. (New York N.Y.:), PUBLISHED: 1960.))

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