A sweet little cricket finds himself lost in the big subway station in New York. He longs for his home in the meadow in Connecticut. He meets a lovely mouse and friendly cat who help him promote his musical talent. He is found by a little boy whose family owns a paper and magazine stand. The family business is suffering, they have a series of unfortunate events, and life is tough for them all. The cricket brings about fame and fortune before he sadly tells his friends he wants to go home.
Another great period book to discuss with students. Different cultures, immigrants, opera, lifestyle differences between the city and countryside, and economics. Enjoyable read.
- Second Grade Summer Reading List (education.com)