Throwback Thursday

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Throwback Thursday – this is a weekly event hosted by me! It is the time each week to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book -- how about even a classic! Leave a comment here and feel free to take an icon and use it on your blog!

This week's throwback is:
A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

I wonder what I thought Times Square was when I was young. I'm sure I didn't know!

A classic Newbery Honor Book first published in 1960, this quiet story of friendship and loyalty continues to charm young readers, particularly those who love animals. This is a quiet tale: Chester Cricket, Tucker Mouse, and Harry Cat meet at the Bellini's newsstand in New York's Times Square subway station when young Mario Bellini finds the cricket in a pile of trash. The lonely boy decides to keep Chester as a pet, and a series of adventures ensue. Action-and-adventure fans may have a difficult time with the leisurely pace and low-key action of this book, but its loving portrait of real friendship continues to make it a classroom favorite with fourth and fifth graders. Modern parents and teachers may want to take a close look at Seldon's portrayal of Sai Fong, the elderly Chinese man who gives Mario a cricket cage. In 1960 racial stereotypes were still common in American literature, and Sai Fong certainly falls into this category. There's nothing ugly here—on the contrary, Sai Fong could not be more lovingly drawn—but his giggling and fractured-English may give offense, nonetheless. Certainly this is an aspect of the book that adults would want to discuss with young readers. Part of the "Chester Cricket" series. 2006 (orig. 1960), Yearling/Random House Children's Books, and Ages 8 to 12.


hip chick said...

This is a great idea. I am reading East of Eden.
Hip Chick


Just posted my Throwback Thursday

Kari said...

Oh man, you have no idea how many books I have on my Goodreads to-read shelf that are throwbacks! Next time I go home, I'm grabbing those out of the attic and reading!

PS, I see you're reading NEW YORK. How is it? It's sitting on my bookshelf right now tempting me...I dunno if I'm ready to commit to 900 pages, though!

Jenny said...

hip chick -- thanks, it's fun! I haven't red East of Eden... there are so many classics I need to read! =)

Kari -- throwbacks are so fun!! LOL
I'm really liking New York! I definitely understand the not wanting to commit to 900 pages, lol... it has taken me a while to get far because I started reading it while I was trying to read other books for review. I just now started focusing just on this one and I'm just past pg 300! Lots to go, but really liking it!

Rachel Star said...

Try The Little Princess by Frances Hodgeson Burnett (I think thats the right spelling, but not entirely sure). It's one of my favourite "classics".

Tameka said...

I loved this book as a kid! A throwback for me was "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey I recently read it and LOVED it!

Jenny said...

Rachel -- thanks, I've never read it! Love The Secret Garden by her, though!

Tameka, I've heard great things about that book! I need to read it one of these days!!

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