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Cricket

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Subscription Length: 1 year

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Cricket feeds the minds and imaginations of kids ages 9 - 14. Every issue of Cricket is filled with stories, poems, puzzles, recipes, and science and nature articles - all designed to stimulate the imagination and help young people discover and explore the world around them.

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Cricket is not an ordinary children's magazine. Started in 1973 as a children's literary magazine, Cricket has shown remarkable staying power and high popularity for decades. With zero advertising and pages packed with stories and puzzles created for children ages nine to fourteen, Cricket magazine is certain to please kids who love to read.

Cricket magazine's first editorial board included such children's literary figures as Lloyd Alexander and, throughout the years, the magazine has published or reprinted classic stories by Alexander, Ursula K. LeGuin, Rosemary Sutcliff, and even Shakespeare. These same high standards are upheld in every issue as the editorial staff works to bring your child the best and most enjoyable children's literature in order to inspire a lifetime love of reading and writing. Cricket also sponsors regular contests for its readers and publishes the winners in future editions.

Each issue of Cricket magazine has forty-eight pages of literature and puzzles. Stories and poems cover a wide range of genres from mainstream to fantasy and are illustrated by the best children's artists available. The puzzles range from simple crossword puzzles and word finds to more creative and challenging word puzzles like acrostics. Natural science, grammar, history, and social studies are also given a place in Cricket with articles ranging from how-to pieces to simple science experiments that children can do at home.

Cricket magazine is one publication that children will keep and savor for years to come. Cricket inspires children to read and learn, and to love reading and learning.

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Subscription Length: 1 year
  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Cricket Media
  • ASIN: B00006FXOO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • This magazine subscription is provided by Magazine Express, Inc.

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258 of 263 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me who I am today April 26, 2004
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I received a gift subscription to this magazine from my aunt when I was 8 years old and kept every single issue I got in the mail until I turned 18 and my mother refused to keep paying for it (it is rather expensive). I have reread the hundreds of issues I have over and over and savored every possible detail. Because of this magazine, I became a happy appreciator of quality children's literature. Cricket doesn't talk down to children but respects their natural intelligence and curiosity. Fiction stories coexist with nonfiction, poems mingle with crosswords, beautiful illustrations appear next to photographs.

There have been numerous times when I (now 23) have spouted out random facts to my friends, only to admit (with a slightly pink face) that it was from an article in Cricket magazine that I read when I was 11. But this is a good example of the staying power of this magazine. It made me an English major. It made me a literature lover. It made me order my own subscription, in spite of being out of its targeted age range.

If you have a 7-8 year old that is starting to spend more time with books than with toys, or if you'd like your 7-8 year old to spend more time with books than with toys, consider ordering Cricket.
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183 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cricket Magazine Has Been a Favorite For Years October 28, 2003
Subscription Term Name:1 year
My mom set up a subscription to Cricket for me back in 1976 when I was in elementary school. I always loved reading and wasn't happy with the same old "See Spot Run" books. Mom saw that I was getting bored with the same old stuff and decided to give the magazine a try.
I got the first few issues and didn't really do anything with them. But once a rainy day came around, I decided to pick them up and give them a try. After that, I was hooked on the stories, the artwork, the games, and the contests the magazine runs each month. Each issue had its own theme and I always found the quality to be top notch. I found out Cricket had only came to be a few years earlier and went to the library with my dad to dig up some back issues.
I was introduced to such writers as Shel Silverstein, Lloyd Alexander, Walter De La Mare, Clifton Fadiman, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg and William Shakespeare. I find myself coming back to Cricket time and again. I still have my original issues and hope to share them with my kids once they're older. They truly have a timeless quality.
I highly reccommend this magazine to parents whose children have expressed an interest in reading.
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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to start a lifelong passion for reading! February 16, 2004
By Monika
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I was introduced to Cricket magazine through one of my teachers in early elementary school, and soon afterward my parents began a subscription for me. From then all the way up through middle school I devoured each issue cover-to-cover the moment it arrived. At first I found it a welcome challenge compared to the overly simple and mundane classroom books of the "Mac the cat sat on a mat" variety. Even after I had surpassed the magazine in my reading ability, I continued to enjoy it for the content of the stories. Even my mother loved to read it.
The magazine provides a great collection of well-selected stories that open up an entire world for the young reader, and each issue usually has a particular theme (i.e. the Middle Ages, horses, Chinese culture, food, etc.). Some of the stories are excerpted from longer pieces and some are short works in their own right. The magazine spans all genres of literature; includes both fiction, non-ficiton, and poetry; and addresses such important themes as culture, history, family and friends, growing up, and much more. Some pieces have serious and valuable morals, while others are just plain fun.
The magazine also offers book recommendations, a comic strip, a crossword puzzle, jokes, and contests for art, photography, fiction, and poetry. Moreover, each issue is beautifully illustrated. I believe the artwork in this magazine did much to inspire my own early artistic endeavors. I would highly recommend this magazine to parents and teachers alike. The stories are excellent material for young readers, and would also be great to read aloud to children. On the whole, this is a terrific blend of recreation and education! The makers of Cricket also offer other magazines for different age levels - Spider, Ladybug, and Babybug for the younger ones, and Cicada for adolescents.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cricket magazine rocks October 17, 2002
By A Customer
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I got Cricket magazine in the mail when I was young. Years later, it has lost none of its quality. It's full of stories, articles, cartoons, jokes, puzzles. I remember some of the stories to this day. The text is always fun, always informative, never condescending. Difficult words are defined, complex ideas are explained, and the reader is enchanted. The illustrations are beautiful, from many different styles. The stories are from the best writers for children, and they cover all manner of cultures and interests. I can't recommend this magazine highly enough.
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398 of 456 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be very careful... February 25, 2008
By Gibby
Subscription Term Name:1 year
This is not the Cricket magazine you grew up with. I remember getting Cricket for years starting the late 70s/early 80s. I think my dad first got me a subscription when I was nine, and I received them until I left for college! I saved every single issue. And, to this day, I keep a print of John Singer Sargent's "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose" hanging in the house - I first saw it on the cover of a Cricket and loved it ever since. I can remember being so happy when a new issue would come in the mail. When my oldest turned nine, I subscribed to the magazine - eager for him to have the hours of enjoyment that I had gleaned from it so many years ago. The first few issues were pretty good. Not the fabulous magazine I remembered - but then again, that's typical of childhood memories. Then one day, he came to me, holding his latest Cricket and said, "mom what's a le5bian?"
Well - it was quite a shock. There was a short story all about a girl in high school, struggling with her feelings and attractions to other girls. Her desire to dress like a boy, etc. This is fine - but not in a magazine for kids age 9-12 for petes sake! I hope that I can teach my kids to love and welcome people regardless of race, religion, and orientation. It sounds cliche...but it's true. I don't even mind the not-so-subtle liberal agenda of this magazine (lots of short "stories" about the evils of pollution and global warming - what fun!). What I do mind is a magazine for "children" introducing subjects that are in my opinion, more appropriate for teenagers. So, unless you want to waste your time previewing Cricket magazine each time your read it...or you feel this subject matter is OK for your grade school/middle school kid, don't subscribe.
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