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In Madison: Cricket of the Valley, young readers interested in the relationship between humans and nature get a unique view into the daily life of the Grubner family as they leave city life behind and move to the country. The invasive camel crickets who are their new neighbors are relentless, but fortunately, the insights of one of the family members provides a new perspective and acceptance of the unusual creatures.
During her years as a teacher and literacy trainer, author Diane Dettmann has enjoyed teaching her students about what she's experienced living in a river valley beside the interesting doings of camel crickets. Madison is a unique story for young readers interested in the daily life of nature and the characteristics of camel crickets.