The Old Meadow [NOOK Book]

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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

Chester Cricket and the meadowfolk band together to save Mr. Budd from being evicted from the ...

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The Old Meadow

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Overview



"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

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

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: 2/25/2014
  • Series: Chester Cricket and His Friends Series
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 715,333
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

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 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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