The Old Meadow

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Chester Cricket and his friends from the meadow have to help poor old Mr. Budd. He and his dog Dubber have to move out of their quiet corner of the Old Meadow because it has been named a historical landmark.

Chester Cricket and the meadowfolk band together to save Mr. Budd from being evicted from the Old Meadow by the town council. Through their efforts and dreams, they are able to stop the world one magical night just long enough ...

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Overview

Chester Cricket and his friends from the meadow have to help poor old Mr. Budd. He and his dog Dubber have to move out of their quiet corner of the Old Meadow because it has been named a historical landmark.

Chester Cricket and the meadowfolk band together to save Mr. Budd from being evicted from the Old Meadow by the town council. Through their efforts and dreams, they are able to stop the world one magical night just long enough to make a difference.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Selden's well-loved, diminutive hero Chester Cricket is back...Underneath the story's action and humor lies an eloquent message about the importance of unspoiled nature and of the harmony that can result from shared unselfish endeavors." —Publishers Weekly

"A sure-fire hit." —School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Selden's well-loved, diminutive hero Chester Cricket is back. The meadow that is home to him and a host of other animals is declared a historical landmark, and old Abner Budd, a hermit who has been kind to the animals over the years, is facing eviction. The animals' efforts to help Mr. Budd only seem to make matters worse, until an imaginative plan led by a mockingbird of rare voice persuades the townspeople that the meadow is Mr. Budd's fitting, natural home. Once again, Selden has spun a tale of engaging whimsy and charm, marred only by a slow start laced with long descriptions of Mr. Budd's past. The language is by turns folksy and lyricalone can almost hear the piercing sweetness of the bird's song; and he succeeds in evoking the meadow and its memorable, idiosyncratic inhabitants. Underneath the story's action and humor lies an eloquent message about the importance of unspoiled nature and of the harmony that can result from shared, unselfish endeavors. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 9-13. (October)
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Gr 3-6 Chester Cricket returns in another tale about his meadow home in Connecticut. Alhough this follows Chester Cricket's New Home (1983), it has more in common with the earlier Tucker's Countryside (1969, both Farrar). In that story the meadow creatures managed, with the help of the city-wise cat and mouse team, to save their land from developers. Now they must, on their own, save an old curmudgeon, the only human inhabitant of the Old Meadow. Abner Budd and his dilapidated home are considered an eyesore, and since the meadow is the historical center of Hedley, the Town Council wants him gone. All of the meadow creatures from the previous books have returned, with the addition of Ashley Mockingbird and Dubber, Abner's dog, the epitome of slavish devotion even when ignored or supplanted in his owner's affections. There is a lot crammed into this story, and some of the subplots get in the way. But there are also some wonderful, highly-charged scenes, including the climax, in which Abner's importance to the Meadow is fully demonstrated. As always, Williams' illustrations become inseparable from the story. A sure-fire hit with fans of the series. Susan M. Harding, Mesquite Public Library, Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374356163
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/1/1987
  • Series: Chester Cricket and His Friends Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

George Selden (1929-89) wrote many highly acclaimed children's books, including The Cricket in Times Square, a Newbery Honor Book.

Garth Williams (1912-96) illustrated all seven of the Chester Cricket books and many other distinguished works, including Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2015

    Brightkit

    Name: You are kidding me. Age:4 moons Gender: female Fur: a silver tabby Eyes: Peircing blue Size: small and lithe Personality: meet me. Other: Please ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2015

    Aspenleap and Sandfoot's bio

    Names: Aspenleap=A and Sandfoot=S
    <br> Gender: &male &male
    <br> Appearance: A=white with black patches, muscular and tall, not very agile, amber eyes, S=sandy brown paws that gradually get darker upwards, yellow eyes, lithe and muscular, sorta longish fur,
    <br> Persona: A=confident, bold, dives into things headfirst, stuborn, friendly, caring, fair, the leader of the two, likes to do things his way, S=shy, clever, thoughtful, loyal, kind, great overall clanmate, does not like to kill any living creature but will,
    <br> Age: right now 21 moons
    <br> History: family was killed, travelked a long way, found MeadowClan,
    <br> They both do not have a crush, mate, or kits but would like to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2014

    Icytouch

    Icytouch is white with amber eyes flecked with gold. She is kind loyal and has spirit. No mate crush or kits. Will make a better bio when i have more time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2014

    Darkkit's bio

    H is 6 moons and is an orphan. He doet remember anything about his old clan. He is all black with green eyes. He is shy but will protect th people he love with his life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2014

    A bio

    Name: Meadowleaf
    Age: 17 moons
    Rank: Med Cat
    Gender: Female
    Looks: a soft white she cat with striking blue eyes.
    Personality: quiet, loving, kindhearted, slightly odd, and observant. She is very protective of her patients.
    History: She was abandoned by a river when she was a kit and was taken in by OrchidClan where she was apprenticed to their med cat. They died after getting attack by badgers and Meadowleaf was forced to find a new clan.
    Mate/Crush/ Kits: None
    Other: just ask, but she is a bit shy...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2014

    Wishkit bio

    Name: Wishkit
    Age: 4 moons
    Rank: kit (duh)
    Appearance: pure gray she-kit
    Dont rlly know what else to put :/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2015

    Applefur's (Updated) bio

    Name-- Applefur.
    <p> Rank-- Deputy.
    <p> Gender-- Female.
    <p> Age-- 20 moons.
    <p> Pelt-- A light brown with darker brown and black dappled spots on her backside. A white tail tip. Long and fluffy.
    <p> Eyes-- A very pale green.
    <p> Crush-- Mhmm.
    <p> Personality-- Sweet and caring.
    <p> Extra Info-- She studders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2014

    Biobiobio

    Name: Owlpaw

    Age: 7 moons

    Gender: she-kit

    Rank: apprentice. You can kinda tell by OwlPAW.

    Alpearance: dark brown-and-white in the pattern of an owl with pale golden eyes and light brown speckles on chest & belly with black stripes. She has white paws, a white muzzle, a white tail-tip, a white chest, and a white belly. The edges of her ears are also white.

    Personality: excitible, happy, and has a great sense of humor. It's hard for her to get angry, but trust me, when she actually is angry, you don't wanna mess with her. She is also kind, fierce, loyal, and brave. She has a dark side though..

    Kin: Nightfeather (mother), Darkwing (father), Featherpaw (sister), Ragepaw (sister), Tigerpaw (brother)

    Likes: owls, nighttime, climbing trees, swimming, hunting

    Dislikes: bright lights, daytime, overpritective cats, bossy cats

    Favorite fresh-kill: all types of birds, except owls.

    Talents: climbing, running, leaping, hunting, swimming, stalking things while hidden, sneaking up on things unnoticed

    Crushes: not yet.

    Mates: umm, did i not say im only 7 moons old?

    Kits: if you even bothered to read this part, you might want to check inside your head to make sure it isn't hollow.

    Notes: she can be jumpy and timid, and she has a tendency to be sarcastic (as shown above).

    Theme song: Roar by Katy Perry

    Anything else: just ask me.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2014

    RisingStreak's Bio

    Name :: RisingStreak
    <br>
    Age :: 22 Moons
    <br>
    Gender :: &female
    <br>
    Rank :: Warrior
    <br>
    Appearance :: A large golden tabby with a plume-like tail and dark orange eyes.
    <br>
    Crush :: . . .
    <br>
    Mate :: . . .
    <br>
    Kits :: . . .
    <br>
    Other :: Ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2014

    Lostflower

    Name- Lostflower <br> Gender- &female <br> Age- 17 moons <br> Personality- Bubbly, gentle, brave, loyal, and sweet. <br> Looks- Lost is a bluish - greyish she, with a white chest and paws. <br> Family- N/A <br> History- to be made. <br> Mate-No <br> Crush- Just got here.. <br> Kits- N/A

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2014

    WhisperStar

    Name~ WhisperStar | Age~ 19 moons | Gender~ Male | Crush-Mate-Kits~ No, No, None | Personality~ Serious, mature, caring, honest, trust worthy, brave, strong | Appearance~ Large brown tabby tom with white and black stripes, dark green eyes, long grey claws, fluffy tail, huge paws, half torn left ear | Scars~Half torn left ear, scratch on chest, scar on right eye | Littemates~ Sky moon and Pebble feet | Signature~ ~WhisperStar~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Jbbu

    Fml!

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    a very cute story

    This is the last in the "Chester Cricket and Friends" series. Now that the Old Meadow (aka "Tucker's Countryside") where Chester Cricket and his woodland friends live in Hedley, CT, has become a historic site, the town council has decided that old Abner Budd and his dog Dubber, who have lived in a homemade shack in a quiet corner of the meadow for a long time, must be moved. In fact, Abner is taken to jail and Dubber to the pound after nearby resident Malvina Irvin, her sons Allen and Edward, and grandson Alvin complain.
    Will Chester, Walter Water Snake, Simon Turtle, John Robin, Robert Rabbit, Donald Dragonfly, Bill Squirrel,and newcomer Ashley Mockingbird, who is visiting from West Virginia, be able to free Abner and Dubber and then make everything right--especially since old J. J. Bluejay doesn't seem to want to cooperate? There are several common euphemisms (gee, darn, and gosh), one incident where someone is said to swear (but no actual swear words are used), and a few times where the term "Lord" or some form of it is used as an interjection. Otherwise, there is little objectionable, and it is a very cute story.

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