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Cricket at the Manger Hardcover – September 1, 2005

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PreS-Gr. 2. In this unusual version of the "talking animals at the nativity" story, the narrator is a grouchy cricket, awakened by people and animals trudging the streets of Bethlehem and crowding into the stable. Trapped by stomping feet and shifting hooves, Cricket screeches scolding sounds. A shepherd girl hears him and scoops him up, holding him aloft so he, too, can behold "the tiny child in a halo of light." When the baby's eyes meet his, the cricket knows he needs a song for the child. But when he tries to play his wings, he only squawks. Then he remembers "another way to play my wings" and creates a tune that makes the baby smile. The mixed-media illustrations, on textured, sand-colored paper, incorporate decorative details of religious art, and human characters are dressed in keeping with a traditional nativity story. Like the animals (and the cricket), the human characters have particularly distinctive eyes, but it's the cricket that really stands out: its body looks surprisingly mechanical, and its face incongruously human. Julie Cummins
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"Pels has created stunning illustrations in mixed medium, including sparkling jewels incorporated into her art. . . . Large, decorative capital letters in brown and black set off each section of the text, further enhancing the volume's sophisticated design." --Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563979934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563979934
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,111,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning children's author Edith Hope Fine writes books kids love to read. Her "Sleepytime Me" just won a 2015 Paterson Prize. She and Alphy, the Microcyanosaurus, celebrate her new "Greek and Latin for Cryptomaniacs!"--an inviting student workbook with 300 Greek and Latin roots to pair with her book "Cryptomania!" Other popular titles: "Under the Lemon Moon," "Water, Weed, and Wait," and "Armando and the Blue Tarp School." Her biographies for young readers on Gary Paulsen and Barbara McClintock are now available as ebooks. And if you long to write for children, check out Edith's "Jump, Froggies! Writing Children's Books, 89+ Beginners' Tips" (both paperback and ebook). Always on blooper patrol, she co-authored the two "Nitty-Gritty Grammar" books (the Grammar Patrol blogs monthly at Edith lives in California where's she's active in SCBWI, a rabid recycler, bibliophile, and geeky logophile. And yes, she's working on teleporting. (,

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A grumpy little cricket just wants to sleep but there is no peace in the stable and the bright star is shinning in his eyes. "Such light. Such Noise. Is there no peace?" Just when he thinks he has found some quiet, Mary and Joseph arrive with a noisy donkey and then visitors arrive.

A shepherd girl scoops up the cricket and holds him high above the crowd so he can see the baby in the manger. Once he has a view he becomes interested in the angels and manger scene. He is so impressed that he decides to sing a song for the baby Jesus, only he can't quite manage more than a "Gar-Reech" because that has been his tune for so long.

Finally he manages to create a "Chirrr-rup Chirrr-rup" and feels he has
become part of the celebration.

Winslow Pels' illustrations fill each page with seasonal beauty in subtle shades of blues, reds and brown with sand-tone backgrounds. Edith Hope Fine's words dance and jump from the page in cricket sounds mingling with the tale of Jesus' birth.

A memorable story with a change in perspective near the end. It shows children that things are not always as they appear and miracles can even be found in seeming chaos.

~The Rebecca Review
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Pinkerton on November 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Fine's language is magical. She's included sensory details, universal feelings, humor, and strong characterization in the form of her cranky cricket in the stable that night. Her unique rendition of this age-old story is a "must" for holiday gifts for children; adults will love it, too. Winslow Pels's illustrations are stunning, right down to the donkey's eyelashes.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Lively and lovely, this book will capture the heart of the young reader as well as anyone who reads it to him/her.
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