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Little Cricket's Song by Readers Digest Association
The Leopard Hat by Valerie Steiker
Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr
My Yard by Heinz Kluetmeier
The Old Maid by Edith Wharton
Sammy's Hill by Kristin Gore
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The Summerfolk by Doris Burn
Sun Dog by Stephen King
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner

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How I Read
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Little Cricket's SongLittle Cricket's Song: 04/11/07

When we first moved to the East Bay, Sean was newly enamored with trains. A cheap and easy way to entertain him on Saturdays was to take him for a ride on BART. We spent a five week period in 2005 riding BART down to Fremont (end of the line) and walking to Half Price Books. At the bookstore we'd pick up a book or two and then we'd stop at Burger King for lunch before our return trip.

Little Cricket's Song was one of our Half Price Books purchases. It has two little cricket clickers (a mother and child) that can be clicked on each page as the story progresses. Just as the kitten must learn how to purr in Have You Got My Purr? the little cricket must learn how to sing.

The story, told in a simple rhyme, covers the course of a night while the mama cricket teaches her child how to sing. They sing to frogs and owls and other night time creatures. At long last the cricket child feels confident in his ability to sing and he and his mother serenade the sun rise.

It's a short but sturdy book that has kept with Sean from his toddler years through his preschool years. Although he's getting old enough to read it himself, he still enjoys having us read it to him while he clicks the crickets. Now that Harriet is getting old enough to enjoy books, she sometimes like to help click the crickets too.

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