Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride (Chester Cricket Series)

Overview

Chester Cricket--the famous cricket in Times Square--is homesick. When his friend Mario takes him to a sky show at the Planetarium, Chester realizes how much he misses seeing real stars at night.

Happily, he finds his way out of the subway into Times Square, where he meets a new friend, Lulu Pigeon. Lulu takes him on a trip beyond his wildest dreams. From Central Park to the top of the Empire State Building, from the Statue of Liberty and back ...

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Overview

Chester Cricket--the famous cricket in Times Square--is homesick. When his friend Mario takes him to a sky show at the Planetarium, Chester realizes how much he misses seeing real stars at night.

Happily, he finds his way out of the subway into Times Square, where he meets a new friend, Lulu Pigeon. Lulu takes him on a trip beyond his wildest dreams. From Central Park to the top of the Empire State Building, from the Statue of Liberty and back to Times Square, Chester sees Manhattan in style--and even finds a little bit of country in the city!

When two rather stout ladies sit on Chester Cricket's home in the Old Meadow, the worm-eaten stump collapses and Chester, aided by his friends, is forced to look for a new home.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Chester, a country cricket who misses stargazing during his stay in the city, takes a breathtaking ride with new friend Lulu Pigeon over New York. Descriptions of Central Park and Times Square are evocative . . . Full-page pen-and-ink drawings are panoramic and most vibrant when depicting the familiar Chester, Harry Cat, and Tucker."--Booklist

"Thoughtful but unpretentious, humorous without more cleverness, this is nothing less than a good story, well told and sympathetically illustrated."--School Library Journal

"Williams's big, breathtaking pen-and-ink drawings almost steal the show from the author."--Publisher's Weekly

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From the Publisher
"Chester, a country cricket who misses stargazing during his stay in the city, takes a breathtaking ride with new friend Lulu Pigeon over New York. Descriptions of Central Park and Times Square are evocative . . . Full-page pen-and-ink drawings are panoramic and most vibrant when depicting the familiar Chester, Harry Cat, and Tucker."—Booklist

"Thoughtful but unpretentious, humorous without more cleverness, this is nothing less than a good story, well told and sympathetically illustrated."—School Library Journal

"Williams's big, breathtaking pen-and-ink drawings almost steal the show from the author."—Publisher's Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374411817
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Chester Cricket and His Friends Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 357,082
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

George Selden (1929-1989) was the author of A Cricket in Times Square, winner of the 1961 Newbery Honor and a timeless children’s classic. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Selden received his B.A. from Yale, where he was a member of the Elizabethan Club and contributed to the literary magazine. He spent three summer sessions at Columbia University and, after college, studied for a year in Rome on a Fulbright Scholarship.
 
People often asked Selden how he got the idea for The Cricket in Times Square. “One night I was coming home on the subway, and I did hear a cricket chirp in the Times Square subway station. The story formed in my mind within minutes. An author is very thankful for minutes like those, although they happen all too infrequently.” The popular Cricket series grew to seven titles, including Tucker's Countryside and The Old Meadow. In 1973, The Cricket in Times Square was made into an animated film. Selden wrote more than fifteen books, as well as two plays. His storytelling blends the marvelous with the commonplace realities of life, and it was essential to him that his animal characters display true emotions and feelings.
 
Selden lived in New York City until his death in December 1989. He enjoyed music, archaeology, and J.R.R. Tolkien. His editor, Stephen Roxburgh, said, "Chester Cricket, Harry Cat, Tucker Mouse, and their friends celebrate the triumph of innocence and camaraderie over cynicism and selfishness. George Selden is gone, but his voice lives on in Chester Cricket's song."
Garth Williams illustrated all seven of the Chester Cricket books and many other distinguished works, including Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

    delightful reading

    ). In 1960, Selden wrote his most famous book, The Cricket in Times Square, which was about a country cricket named Chester who is accidentally taken from his rural Connecticut home, winds up in the middle of New York City, and lives in a newsstand near his new friends Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse, before returning to Connecticut. It was a runner-up for the Newbery Medal and is a very enjoyable book. After that, Selden wrote several related books: the sequel, Tucker's Countryside, where Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat go to Connecticut to visit Chester, and others such as Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse, Harry Cat's Pet Puppy, Chester Cricket's New Home, and this one set about two weeks into Chester's New York Stay where he rides around town to see the sites on the back of a pigeon. It is a short book, having only 62 pages and not divided into chapters, but it has copious illustrations by Garth Williams and is delightful reading.

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