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Cricket at the Manger

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A brilliant light shines in the night sky. The streets of the town are filled with people. And a cricket, sleeping in a stable, burrows under the straw. A donkey enters carrying a woman. "It's time," she says to her husband. "No sleep tonight!" says the cricket. But, later, when the cricket sees an infant in the manger, his thoughts of sleep are banished, for the cricket knows that this night is meant for rejoicing. Here is the story of the Nativity as told through the voice of one of the smallest creatures in ...

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Overview

A brilliant light shines in the night sky. The streets of the town are filled with people. And a cricket, sleeping in a stable, burrows under the straw. A donkey enters carrying a woman. "It's time," she says to her husband. "No sleep tonight!" says the cricket. But, later, when the cricket sees an infant in the manger, his thoughts of sleep are banished, for the cricket knows that this night is meant for rejoicing. Here is the story of the Nativity as told through the voice of one of the smallest creatures in the stable. Edith Hope Fine's poetic text and Winslow Pels's glorious illustrations combine to make this a special book for a special time of year.

A cricket, grouchy about being awakened by strange noises, makes his way to their source--a manger in which baby waits to hear his song.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A grumpy cricket tries to get some rest in Cricket at the Manger by Edith Hope Fine, illus. by Winslow Pels. "Is there no peace?" he begins, yet he has a change of heart by book's end: "All's well. Sing joy!" Both humans and creatures stare in wide-eyed wonderment. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Cricket is trying to sleep in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve. How is he to know that the animals and people who have disturbed his sleep are special? These are the witnesses of the birth of baby Jesus, the child long awaited by the people of Israel. Cricket can only see that they are in his way, and that he can easily be stepped on. When the young shepherd girl picks him up and allows him to see the child in the manger, cricket stops thinking of himself and seeks to do something that will make the baby laugh. This is yet another angle on the Christmas Story, and although told from another perspective, it is true to the original story. This will make a nice gift book for the holidays, but it is difficult to see what would set it apart from the myriad of other re-tellings of this great story. The text in 17 pt. Papyrus font, and the sparkly, jewel-like stars add interest. 2005, Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin, Ages 6 to 8.
—Joyce Rice
Kirkus Reviews
A large, silver-gray cricket with human eyes is the first-person narrator of this unusual Nativity story told all in short sentences and phrases with lots of animal sound effects. The cricket is a cranky sort who can only make odd sounds, and he is trying to sleep in the stable when Mary and Joseph arrive. Other animals and shepherds crowd in as well, including a shepherd girl who lifts the cricket up to see the newborn baby. The cricket wants to join in the animal chorus singing for the Christ Child and, inspired by an angel playing a stringed instrument, the cricket remembers how to play his own proper cricket song. Pels has created stunning illustrations in mixed medium, including sparkling jewels incorporated into her art. The illustrations, in an extra-large format, are set against textured tan backgrounds with the look of sand. Large, decorative capital letters in brown and black set off each section of the text, further enhancing the volume's sophisticated design. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563979934
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A former teacher, Edith is a successful free-lance writer whose articles and stories have appeared in Humpty Dumpty, World Book Encyclopedia, Jack and Jill, and Children's Magic Window. She has penned a weekly column, "Citizen Network," for over six years, and in 1987 received an EDPRESS award for excellence in educational journalism. As part of the team, F/J Associates, she and Judith Josephson have published features in the Los Angeles Times, American Baby, Baby Talk, Instructor, Cobblestone, U.S. Kids, and the San Diego Union. Together they also conduct writing workshops at San Diego and Orange County colleges and universities. Edith, who has two sons, is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. She enjoys reading, knitting, machine quilting, and her membership in American Association of University Women. Who am I? "My 'What to do before Chautauqua list' includes planning my son's graduation party; learning the Mac; working on a children's science fantasy book; knitting a baby blanket; walking Hobo, our blind dog; stomping on rejection slips; and learning how to spell "Chautauqua." Hope Chautauqua has soft beds!" Edith loves the rhythm of language and the sounds of invented words. Her work includes the picture books Under the Lemon Moon and Cryptomania! She lives in southern California.

Winslow has illustrated a number of books for children, including Spectacles, Stone Soup, Camelot, and Ali and the Magic Stew. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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