Cricket in Times Square book

Cricket in Times Square book

# 001754

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Item #: 001754
ISBN: 9780374390402
Grades: 5-6

Product Description:

Chester Cricket from Connecticut is accidentally transported to New York in a picnic basket. Alone and afraid in a strange city, Chester is befriended by Harry and Tucker, a cat and mouse, who help him adjust to city life and discover his amazing musical talent that brings success to a failing subway station newsstand.

Please note the foreword and updates by Stacey Lee in this 2022 updated edition. As indicated in her forward, “Today’s young readers are socially minded, independent thinkers, and we are counting on them to shape a more equitable future for all…. We have an opportunity to redress some issues of representation we believe will make this story more in step with the times.”

This edition includes significant changes in two particular chapters that have been renamed that involve the character Mr. (Sai) Fong. As a result, some current literature guides may not correlate exactly with the 2022 edition. First, Mr. Fong and his brother’s broken English conversation are now written in standard English. The content of a large portion of these conversations has also changed. Other content that has been removed include Chinese robes and goddess statues, fortune cookies, and pipe smoking. For more specifics on these changes in Chapters 6, 7 (minor change), and 9 please contact our curriculum consultants.

Category Description for Ready Readers:

Embracing the Socratic methodology of literature instruction outlined in Teaching the Classics, the Ready Readers provide a welcome pick-up-and-go option.for those who want fleshed-out lesson plans. The Readers are exactly that - whole book studies that encompass both comprehension and literary analysis. Discussion-based, the studies are designed to involve the student in question answering and analysis in several general areas - setting, characters, conflict, plot, theme, literary devices, and context. Having identified the best Socratic questions in each area for this particular book, the teacher is aided in handling the discussion by talking point answers. Also provided for each study is a one page summary of the book and a story chart. Although they don't specifically say so, there is an "empty" story chart that looks like it's designed to be copied and then filled out by the student. A completed chart graphically outliming the major structural and thematic elements of each story is provided for the teacher.

Each of the Readers features books in a designated reading level range. The studies however, can be used with students who are somewhat older. In fact, the authors recommend that each year begins with a study that is somewhat below the student's reading level. This serves to acquaint the student with the Socratic methodology and familiarize both the student and the teacher with the discussion environment. The Readers can be used with any unabridged version of the literary selection.

These Readers are a welcome addition to the Teaching the Classics line-up of literature studies. With Teaching the Classics, the parent/teacher receives an excellent introduction to the world of Socratic literary discussion and the tools she/he will need to effectively set up meaningful literature studies. Reading Road Maps - by the same authors - flesh out the process a little more and provide all the "answers," so to speak for 100 favorite books. Still, there are many of us who want more - more guidance and direction - as we embark down this discussion path that we may enthusiastically embrace "theoretically." The sample studies in Teaching the Classics are a starting place, but I would probably be one of those who would like more examples before feeling entirely comfortable setting out on my own armed only with my literature selection and a list of Socratic questions. So, thank you Missy Andrews.

The Readers thoroughly provide all the elements needed for a comprehensive and meaningful literature study. I can already hear the question being asked. "If they're so thorough, do I really need to watch the Teaching the Classics video seminar?" I have no doubt that the Andrews would answer with an emphatic "yes!" The Readers are obviously designed to complement the TTC series rather than replace it. While someone picking up a Reader could probably do a passable job of leading a discussion on any particular book, the fullness and richness of that same study conducted by a TTC "graduate" will make that "passable" job seem pale by comparison. So, to summarize the relationship between these products: Teaching the Classics provides the philosophical and methodological foundation. Reading Road Maps provides "framing" for 100 books, while the Ready Readers provide a complete finishing off of a literary "room" for a different series of books. ~ Janice

Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
Trade Paper
Series Title
Chester Cricket and His Friends Ser.
8 to 12
Garth Williams (Illustrator)
George Selden
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Square Fish
0.35 (lbs.)
8.25" x 5.38" x 0.44"
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Jennifer T on Aug 18, 2023
The 5th graders at our school are reading this book.
Ronald B on Aug 25, 2022
FIAR curriculum
Jennifer T on Aug 18, 2023
6th grade reading class
DARCI S. on Jul 9, 2023
The 5th graders at our school are reading this book.
Ronald B on Aug 25, 2022
Recommended by a fellow home school mom whose boys enjoyed it.
Melissa M on Jun 29, 2022
Gifting the first book in an early-read-aloud chapter book series
Annie H on Dec 13, 2021
I'm using the Ambleside Online Homeschool curriculum and this book is part of the free reads assigned. The curriculum so far has been an absolute joy. I purchased the remaining books and look forward to reading this one. We are thrilled!
Crystal R on Oct 30, 2021
Memoria Press
Michael R on Jul 15, 2021
This is one of the books that my son is going to read in his literature class this coming school year.
Lisa M on Jul 29, 2019
This is a book needed for Beyond Five in a Row.
Sarah R on Jun 13, 2018
We chose this book to go with the Memoria Press Study guide.
Andrew E on Nov 1, 2016
Required for home school 4th grade reading
Michelle T on Oct 18, 2016
Doing it for our literature unit
Shellie I on Jul 13, 2016
6th grade reading class
DARCI S. on Jul 9, 2023
Recommended by a fellow home school mom whose boys enjoyed it.
Melissa M on Jun 29, 2022
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