"Leave That Cricket Be, Alan Lee"

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Chinese and American cultures blend in the colorfully illustrated tale of young Alan Lee, who searches for the cricket in his house, while his uncle Clemson tells of his youth in China, where crickets were kept in cages.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-Young Alan Lee learns a lot when he finally captures the cricket that has been singing in his house. He learns how the insects "sing," about the Chinese legend that says they are lucky, about his Uncle Clem's childhood job of making cricket cages in China-but most importantly, he learns that his pet isn't happy in a jar. Upon coming to this conclusion, he sets it free. And the cricket, which was a silent captive, sings again. Deliciously poetic passages beg to be read aloud, though the text is a bit long for reading at one sitting. Ruff's warm, soft, charcoal-and-chalk full-color illustrations support the story with dignity and charm. The boy and his family embrace their Chinese heritage while engaging in their thoroughly modern American lives. Most readers will be as happy as the liberated cricket when they finish this satisfying tale. A rich addition to nature, ethnic, and family studies titles, with just a pinch of animal rights.
Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Like Barbara Dugan's (above), a book that asks the question: ``Can an insect find happiness in a jar?'' (and from the same publisher, yet). When he hears a cricket chirping, Alan Lee is determined to catch it--especially after great-uncle Clem tells him about making cricket cages as a boy in China, and that ``It's a lucky house that has crickets.'' Despite his reservations (see title), Dad helps Alan Lee fix up a jar; but when he finally catches the cricket, it doesn't take long for its silence and evident unhappiness to make the boy let it go, so that it sings once more. Porte's rather long narrative, propelled by plenty of lively realistic dialogue, artfully reveals a lot about this nice family's interaction; Ruff's tall, slim, beautifully composed illustrations, rendered in pastels and colored pencils, make an admirably warm complement to a story that's as well told as Dugan's, and more appealingly illustrated. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Barbara Ann Porte, Donna Ruff (Illustrator)
Published by Greenwillow (1993)
ISBN 10: 0688117945 ISBN 13: 9780688117948
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Book Description Greenwillow, 1993. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0688117945

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