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Book Title: The Cricket Winter|
The author of the book: Felice Holman
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 496 KB
Edition: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: September 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9780802852892
Read full description of the books The Cricket Winter:The Cricket Winter is a quaint tale of a cricket that communicates with a boy through Morse code, and the story is an odd, yet imaginative tale of a cricket, mouse family, mole, spider, rat and boy that share a living space.
Each character was supplied a unique voice. The group of animals faces the dilemma of what to do about a greedy and insensitive rat. The animals try to ostracize the rat, but he could care less. The creatures have a meeting. The mice face starvation if a solution to the problem is not found. There is little debate over the solution. The rat must die. The only thing hindering them is an inability to discover a method that will work.
Horrified at the idea of killing the rat, the cricket comes to terms with the proposed solution. He collaborates with the boy to kill the rat. If the boy succeeds in setting a trap to kill the rat, he hopes his father will be sufficiently impressed to listen to the boy’s intellectual musings, and the cricket would save his friends.
The story is fairly sedate. I am disturbed at the solution. The book is targeted at children in grades 3-6. It proposes killing the antagonist with little consideration or moral qualms. I do not recommend this book.
Read information about the authorFelice Holman was born October 24, 1919, in New York City. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1941 and later worked as an advertising copywriter. She married Herbert Valen in 1941 and some of the experiences of their daughter, Nanine Elisabeth Valen, would serve as the model for her first book, Elisabeth, The Bird Watcher, which was published in 1963.
During the 1960s, she published two more "Elisabeth" stories and wrote some humorous books for children. In 1970, she published her first book of poetry for children: At the Top of My Voice. Critics praised the poems for their "originality, humor, and point." She continued to write humorous stories for young readers, including The Escape of the Giant Hogstalk (1974) that critics called filled "with giggles interspersed with horse laughs all the way."
In the 1970s, she also began writing realistic fiction for young adults. Her book Slake's Limbo (1974), the story of a boy who lives in a cave below Grand Central Station, was lauded for its "authenticity of detail" and as "remarkably taut" and "convincing." In 1975, she co-wrote The Drac: French Tales of Dragons and Demons, a collection of French legends with her daughter, Nanine Valen.
Throughout her long and prolific career, Felice Holman has received several honors, including a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award for young adult's literature and an American Library Association notable book citation for Slake's Limbo in 1978. Felice lives in California.
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