Tucker's Beetle Band (Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse Series)

Tucker's Beetle Band (Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse Series)

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by Thea Feldman, George Selden, Garth Williams, Olga Ivanov
     
 

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My Readers Level 2: Tucker Mouse is managing a beetle band in this all new story created especially for beginning readers based on characters from The Cricket in Times Square.

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My Readers Level 2: Tucker Mouse is managing a beetle band in this all new story created especially for beginning readers based on characters from The Cricket in Times Square.

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"This well-told tale will appeal to the many young readers and their friends whose family members are in bands, and it serves as a wonderful introduction to the beloved characters in George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square."
--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. Our friend Tucker the mouse is having an awful time. How can he sleep with the band above him rehearsing to win the Battle of the Bug Bands in Bryant Park? Tucker complains to his friend Harry the cat about the racket. Harry remarks that if the band wins the contest then they would go away. What an idea. Tucker is just the one to help make that happen and he offers his services to be the band's manager. Harry and Chester the cricket attend a rehearsal and they are impressed. Unfortunately on the day of the big event one of the beetles (a pun perhaps) takes a fall and is unable to perform. Is it curtains before the curtain goes up? Not really. The solution will please young readers as will the delightful illustrations. They strongly support the story, but also bring added humor through great expressions and amusing settings for all the characters. A cut above most early readers, this is a level 2 book. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Emerging readers will appreciate Feldman's contemporary setting as Tucker Mouse, Harry Cat, and Chester Cricket contend with a beetle rock band disturbing their sleep under Times Square. The band is practicing to win the Battle of the Bug Bands competition and travel the country. Harry convinces Tucker that quiet will return once the beetles hit the road, and Tucker becomes their manager. Chester Cricket is called in to play drums at the last minute and, despite his novice status, the band wins the competition and Tucker is sad when the beetles are gone. The Ivanovs' intricate ink and watercolor illustrations reflect the charm of Garth Williams's characters and original setting but add many details including varied visual perspectives and characters that exude facial and kinesthetic expression. Readers will pore over the instruments in the beetle band, including a drum set made of a fuse, thimble, button, and bottle cap. The picture depicting the band playing on the woodsy floor of Bryant Park with the backdrop of New York City skyscrapers is a mini vacation. This well-told tale will appeal to the many young readers and their friends whose family members are in bands, and it serves as a wonderful introduction to the beloved characters in George Selden's The Cricket in Times Square (Farrar, 1960).—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429995894
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
05/10/2011
Series:
My Readers: Level 2 Series
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
357,192
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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.


Thea Feldman has written and edited hundreds of children's books, including Suryia and Roscoe and Suryia Swims!, which she co-authored with Dr. Bhagavan Antle. She has also worked at the Wildlife Conservation Society where she researched and wrote about the animals in the Society's five urban wildlife parks in New York City. She is a former editorial director at Scholastic.
George Selden (1929-1989) was the author of A Cricket in Times Square, winner of the 1961 Newbery Honor and a timeless children's classic. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Selden received his B.A. from Yale, where he was a member of the Elizabethan Club and contributed to the literary magazine. He spent three summer sessions at Columbia University and, after college, studied for a year in Rome on a Fulbright Scholarship. People often asked Selden how he got the idea for The Cricket in Times Square. "One night I was coming home on the subway, and I did hear a cricket chirp in the Times Square subway station. The story formed in my mind within minutes. An author is very thankful for minutes like those, although they happen all too infrequently." The popular Cricket series grew to seven titles, including Tucker's Countryside and The Old Meadow. In 1973, The Cricket in Times Square was made into an animated film. Selden wrote more than fifteen books, as well as two plays. His storytelling blends the marvelous with the commonplace realities of life, and it was essential to him that his animal characters display true emotions and feelings.

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

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HARRY CAT AND TUCKER MOUSE TUCKER’S BEETLE BAND (Begin Reading)

Tucker Mouse liked the everyday sounds

of the busy subway station

in Times Square.

He lived in a drainpipe there

with his best friend, Harry Cat.

Rumble went the trains.

 

Stomp, stomp went all the hurrying feet.

 

Cree, cree, cree went Chester Cricket.

He was Harry and Tucker’s friend.

He lived at the newsstand

near the drainpipe.

 

At night, all the sounds stopped.

While Harry went out for adventures,

Tucker loved to fall asleep

in peace and quiet.

One day, four beetle musicians

started playing their music

directly below Harry and Tucker.

That night, when the other sounds

in the station stopped,

the beetle band did not.

HARRY CAT AND TUCKER MOUSE TUCKER’S BEETLE BAND Text copyright © 2011 by Thea Feldman.

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