Harry to the Rescue! (Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse Series)

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Tucker Mouse spotted a lost penny in the shoeshine store, so he ran in to get it for his collection. Now the store is closed up tight, and Tucker is trapped. Can Harry Cat find a way to get him out?

     These favorite characters from The Cricket in Times Square star in the brand new-adventure created especially for beginning readers.

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Tucker Mouse spotted a lost penny in the shoeshine store, so he ran in to get it for his collection. Now the store is closed up tight, and Tucker is trapped. Can Harry Cat find a way to get him out?

     These favorite characters from The Cricket in Times Square star in the brand new-adventure created especially for beginning readers.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Colorful illustrations that create an inviting sense of adventure."

School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Even if you are not familiar with the original books about the cricket in Times Square by George Selden, this spin-off may encourage young and old to go seek out the original. Tucker may be an ordinary gray mouse, but he seems to have the characteristics of a pack rat. His home is filled with things that people drop, including quite a collection of coins. One day he sees a penny fall in the shoe shine store and off Tucker goes to retrieve it. Alas, the lights go out, the door slams shut, and he is trapped. Harry sees the dilemma and tries an easy rescue and while doing so learns that the shop will be closed for two weeks. What will Tucker do? Yes, Harry can feed him, but Tucker feels that he will die of boredom. The very clever Harry finds a most satisfactory way to help his friend escape. It is a delightful story with equally engaging illustrations that are full of humor and detail. The end flap features the original stories which kids who have been intrigued by these characters may start reading or enjoy having read to them. A cut above most early readers, this is a level 2 book. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312625092
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Series: My Readers: Level 2 Series
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 515,148
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE SELDEN (1929-1989) wrote not only the adventures of Chester, Harry, Tucker, and their friends but also The Genie of Sutton Place, which was one of School Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year.

GARTH WILLIAMS (1912-1996) illustrated all of George Selden’s Chester Cricket books. His other distinguished work includes Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and the Little House books.

THEA FELDMAN is the author of numerous books for children, including Suryia and Roscoe, which she co-authored with Dr. Bhagavan Antle, available in Spring 2011 from Henry Holt BYR.

OLGA and ALEKSEY IVANOV are the illustrators of many children's books, including the Charlotte’s Web beginning readers in which they also replicated the style of Garth Williams.

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Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse: Harry to the Rescue!

The Times Square subway station was busy.

Tucker Mouse watched from his home in the drainpipe.

He watched busy people hurrying by.

Tucker watched and waited.

Tucker waited for people to drop things.

A button from a coat.

Sprinkles from an ice cream cone.

A wrapper from a stick of gum.

Tucker collected all these things—and more!

Tucker loved his collection.

Most of all, he loved coins.

Pennies. Nickels. Dimes. Quarters.

Tucker had a stack of coins in his drainpipe.

It was a tidy little life savings for a mouse.


Tucker knew that sound.

It was a coin hitting the floor.

A man in the shoeshine store had dropped a penny.

The penny swirled and rolled, and rolled and swirled, before it landed behind the shoeshine booth.

The man could not reach the penny.

It was in a space that was too small for a human hand.

But Tucker knew the space was

just the right size for him.

Tucker waited until the station and the store got less busy.

Then he ran across the way, slipped behind the shoeshine booth, and grabbed the shiny penny.

Suddenly, it was very dark.

The shoeshine store had closed!

Tucker looked for a way out.

There was just a thin crack under the door.

There were no holes in the walls.

There were no holes in the ceiling.

Tucker was trapped!

Tucker waited for his friend Harry Cat to come home.

When he saw Harry,

Tucker shouted,

“Help me, Harry!”

Harry was surprised to see Tucker across the way in the store.

“Tucker, why are you in the shoeshine store?” asked Harry.

“It’s closed.”

“I know that!” shouted Tucker.

He held up the penny.

“Ah,” said Harry. “I understand.”

Harry jumped up to see if he could open the door, but the door was locked tight.

Harry saw a sign on the door. The sign read:

Harry came up with a plan. “Tucker?” asked Harry.

“Yes, Harry?” said Tucker.

“Do you see any food in there?” asked Harry.

“Not a crumb,” said Tucker,

“and I am getting hungry.”

“I’ll be back in a minute,” said Harry.

Harry found thin pieces of a sandwich and slid them under the door.

Once Tucker’s belly was full, Harry told him what the sign said.

“TWO WEEKS?” shouted Tucker.

“I’ll die of hunger!”

“No, you won’t’” said Harry.

“I can feed you every night when the station gets quiet.”

“But I’ll die from boredom’” cried Tucker.

“And I’ll be lonely’” he said softly.

“Don’t worry, I am going to get you out’” said Harry as he ran off to get help.

It felt like a very long time to Tucker, but Harry was only gone for a little while.

He came back with their friends, Lulu Pigeon and Ned Squirrel.

Lulu tried, but she couldn’t pick the lock with her beak.

“Ooo ooo ooo’” said Lulu.

“That’s quite a mousetrap.”

Harry, Ned, and Lulu PUSHED against the door.

It didn’t budge.

“We’ll have to think of something else,” said Harry.

It was late.

Everyone was too tired to think.

Tucker looked at Harry in the drainpipe.

Harry looked at Tucker in the store.

“Don’t worry,” said Harry.

“I am going to get you out.”

The next day, Harry still didn’t know what to do.

He watched as Mr. Smedley stopped by the Bellinis’ newsstand.

Every Sunday, Mr. Smedley leaned over the counter to tell Papa Bellini about the latest opera he had seen.

Mr. Smedley and Papa Bellini loved opera.

They loved it the way

Tucker loved coins.

Harry noticed that one of Mr. Smedley’s shoes was untied.

He thought about this.

Without a shoelace,

Mr. Smedley might trip.

Would a missing shoelace be an “emergency”?

Would it get Papa Bellini to open the shoeshine store? Harry decided to see.

On quiet cat paws, Harry crept up to the newsstand.

With one curved claw, Harry tugged gently.

He looked up.

Mr. Smedley hadn’t noticed a thing.

Harry gave another little tug.

And another. And another.

Harry kept tugging until the shoelace was free!

Harry grabbed the shoelace and raced back to the drainpipe.

As Mr. Smedley said good-bye to Papa Bellini, he turned and … walked right out of his shoe!

Papa Bellini and Mr. Smedley scratched their heads.

“Don’t worry’” said Papa Bellini.

“I have the key to the shoeshine store. You can pay me for a new pair of shoelaces.”

Papa opened the shoeshine store to get Mr. Smedley a new pair of shoelaces.

No one but Harry saw a little mouse with a penny scurry in a hurry across the station.

No one but Harry got the biggest hug a little mouse could possibly give.

“You got me out!” shouted Tucker.

“I told you I would!” said Harry.

Mr. Smedley and Papa Bellini never knew what happened to Mr. Smedley’s shoelace.

They never knew that it became part of a collection in a drainpipe.

And Mr. Smedley never knew how a penny got into his shoe the next time he visited the Bellinis’ newsstand.

He never knew that it was one little mouse’s big

“Thank You.”

Text copyright © 2011 by Thea Feldman. Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov.

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