- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; 1st ed edition (September 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0689506058
- ISBN-13: 978-0689506055
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,498,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cricket Warrior: A Chinese Tale Hardcover – September 1, 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
When Cheng Ming and his son, Wei nian, capture a stout cricket, it looks as though they may be able to save their failing farm: the insect will serve as their overdue tax to the emperor, who loves cricket fights. Wei nian's curiosity gets the better of him, however, and, when he tries to get a better look at the cricket, it escapes. Desperate to make amends, Wei nian says yes when a mysterious old man asks him if he would like to take the cricket's place. Soon a scrawny but spirited red cricket becomes court champion. The Changs' (In the Eye of War) dynamic retelling of this tale, which was first recorded in the 17th century, emphasizes Wei nian's concern with honor, the humor of his role as underdog (facing his first cricket opponent, he "waved [his] antennae, trying to look fierce") and the strength of the familial bond: although Cheng Ming has received riches for his cricket and Wei nian as cricket has garnered fame, both are truly happy only when they are reunited. Hutton (Persephone) evokes a memorable Chinese landscape, serene and seemingly timeless under an inky moonlit sky. His delicate lines and luminiscent washes capture the feistiness of the red cricket as well as the magic attending the transformations that frame the tale. Ages 5-9.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4?Wei nian loses his father's fighting cricket, the family's only hope to rise out of poverty. Distraught, he gets a spirit to turn him into a cricket and wins many matches, making his parents rich. Ultimately, he regains human form and grows up to become a poet and painter of crickets. The Changs' retelling of this ancient tale, first redacted by Pu Songling (1640-1715), downplays the satire found in that version while emphasizing the humanity and magical elements. Their brisk, colloquial narrative is stylish and skillfully renders each turn of plot. Although there are some inaccuracies, Hutton's impressionistic watercolors are richly colored and display interesting perspective. The crickets are particularly appealing.?John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I'm not going to give the ending away, but I really enjoyed this retelling of an ancient Chinese tale. At the very end of the book is information on when the "Fighting Cricket" was recorded and information on it's original author Pu Songling. There is also a glossary, but it is only English word your child might not be familar with .