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Chester Cricket and the meadowfolk band together to save Mr. Budd from being evicted from the ...
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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Posted August 22, 2014
Posted May 22, 2010
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.