The Cricket in Times Square by Selden, illustrated by the AMAZING Garth Williams. (Garth Williams illustrated Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little too.)
This book is for children, in elementary school and was an award winner right away, when published 52 years ago. It is about a lost cricket in NY city who finds a mouse and a cat. My Spike's great uncle Harry, as you can see, was the model for cat in this book ;)
I had not read this book in about 40 years, since I first read it at age 6. Reading it now, I must say it is still my favorite all time book, and here is why.
If the best gift a parent can give a kid is learning to read, the 2nd is taking the kid to a library. My mom was a huge reader and took us to the library every week, where she got a stack of books, and WE got a stack of books. Libraries in my memory are about the most wonderful places on earth, and I have been lucky to live near some nice ones.
We lived in Connecticut when I was 6 and read this book, and we took the train to see my grandparents in New York city. OH HOW I loved exciting NY city, and still do.
What is this book about? A cricket who lived in a Connecticut meadow, like the one across from my house, who takes the train, like we did, into New York city, and who finds himself in a subway station, just like we did! Of course this was my favorite book, I knew all these places and things! But even if we had lived in Iowa and I wasn't able to directly imagine these things, it is still a great book, and I don't say that because of the pictures of grey tigers in there....
In other news, the kiln is on, and here you see the wife decorating some of her tiles yesterday.
I told her it was the cousin IT photo....