Christmas Cricket (Hardcover)

By Eve Bunting, Timothy Bush (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, 9780618065547, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 21, 2002

List Price: 15.00*
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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 and charm, and Timothy Bush has captured its mood in his luminous illustrations. Together they create a memorable holiday book about a cricket who discovers that though he may be small, he is not insignificant.

About the Author

Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

Praise For Christmas Cricket

"Bunting relates this affectionate tale in taut prose, and Bush’s cricket’s-eye-view watercolors seem almost to glow. " Publishers Weekly

"Bunting’s gentle story is just right for small children; Bush’s watercolor[s] cleverly capture the rhythm of a cricket’s kinetic spirit." Booklist, ALA

"Bunting shows her consummate talent. . . {a} simple but profound tale. Bush’s illustrations convey the transformative potential of the season." Kirkus Reviews