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A Cricket in Times Square

Also Available in Spanish

by George Selden

An oldie but goodie. A Cricket in Times Square boasts three different animal protagonists – a mouse and a cat who are scrounging partners and live in Grand Central Station, and the cricket from Connecticut who arrives to enliven their lives. But there’s also the boy, Mario (and his family), who befriends and cares for the cricket in his new, foreign environment. Beside its charming characters, A Cricket in Times Square has little that is threatening or scary or unsettling for younger children. Mario and Chester Cricket do have some challenges to solve, but they do so with fortitude and panache. And like The Trumpet of the Swan, A Cricket in Times Square is filled with music that makes the story soar and takes it to strange unexpected places. And along the way, there are brief, eccentric moments of wisdom offered by a Chinatown shopkeeper and a New York Times music critic. All of which explains why A Cricket in Times Square has been charming families for 50 years. That’s what you call a timeless classic.



There are eight supplementary resources for George Selden’s A Cricket in Times Square:

  • a sample letter home to parents
  • a sample reading schedule
  • a trivia bank (w/ Answer Key)
  • sample assembly ideas
  • a list of suggested activities
  • a song list

As a participating member of One School, One Book you may have access to all of these documents. Here are some samples:

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