The Old Meadow

The Old Meadow

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by George Selden, Garth Williams
     
 

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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
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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

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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)
School Library Journal
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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"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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466863668
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
02/25/2014
Series:
Chester Cricket and His Friends Series
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
202
Sales rank:
667,724
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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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

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