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Christmas Cricket

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In a California garden on a rainy night, Cricket feels small and worthless. He hops up some steps and finds himself in a place filled with light and warmth and a tall, sparkling tree. He begins to sing but is scared into silence by two voices, one big and one small. It is then that he makes a marvelous discovery. Eve Bunting’s text is filled with her customary tenderness a ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 21st 2002 by Clarion Books
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There isn't a lot to this picture book, but the sentiments of family and belonging that are expressed within its pages are lovely.
A cricket makes its way into a human family's kitchen one Christmas Eve night, and hides within their Christmas tree for shelter. The simple story that unfolds from this point, though so spare in its details, will truly remain in the reader's heart.
Eve Bunting is very skilled at writing holiday picture books that uniquely reflect the spirit of that particular holi
Cheesy fortune cookie style. Maybe ok for an older child to read to self? Younger kid read aloud did not work :-(
short and sweet story of a rainy Christmas in California, love the gentle illustrations of the cricket.
As holiday stories go, this one was rather light, but I liked it an awful lot. The illustrations were wonderfully detailed. The writing was very special, Bunting using so few words on any given page to say so very much. The text was almost poetry. It was a story that any reader could read, but an especially conscious would comprehend. Really nicely done.
Felt like a waste of time with its wacky theology of angels singing and inane plot line. The moments of interaction b/n a father and daughter are the only meaningful moments.
Meg McGregor
This is everything a Christmas story should be!

It is sweet, full of joy, and lets little ones enjoy the wonder of the season!

Brace Ms. Bunting!
This book was a bit too young for my 5-year-old so he didn't really like it. As a parent, I didn't like that the cricket thought he was small and worthless.
Simple, almost sparse text, adds to the cricket's discovery of his importance. Do angels sing in the voices of crickets?
The little cricket finds a home for Christmas and finds out he's not so worthless, after all!
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Also known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E. Bunting.

Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.

Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling. In Ireland, “The
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