[Originally published in Ready Readers: Elementary Literature, Vol. 1]
This classic tale of friendship and loyalty was a Newbery Honor book in 1970, and has been delighting children ever since. Follow the adventures of Chester Cricket as he finds a home away from home in the Times Square subway station, and grows to learn the true meaning of friendship, and of freedom. Appropriate for fourth and fifth graders, as well as older students who need practice with the basics of plot, conflict and theme.