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The Singing Cricket (coloring page)

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Yes, I know that crickets don't sing.


They make a chirping noise by rubbing their hind legs together.

However, I'm going to blame this coloring page on too much Cricket in Times Square.

After creating the ladybug coloring page last month, I wanted to play with another idea--a musical insect. Crickets are a rather obvious choice, if you try to pick a musical animal. Also, we've been listening to the audio book verion of George Selden's The Cricket in Times Square quite frequently. So, a cricket it was!

The face was the easy part to draw on this picture. I did a little doodling with Mr. Cricket's eyes at the end, but the overall expression just happened.

It took me several tries, though, to figure out how to add properly insectoid legs.

Then I started wondering if he needed something more. A banjo seemed to fit, and there you have it!



Here's the PDF, for downloading the coloring page from Dropbox, if you would like to print the page for yourself!


(Free for non-co…

12 Books About Trains

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I haven't written a book list in a couple of months—not since posting Trees, seeds, and growing stories, back in May.

So, it's time to do another one, and this time, it's about...trains!

We've read a fair number of train stories, so this list was relatively easy to put together.



Train, by Elisha Cooper  We found this book by chance at the library and enjoyed the story and pictures immensely. The book introduces a lot of different trains, but it does so through a sort of traveling story—as each train pulls into the station at the end of its journey, another sets off, from the lowly commuter train to the high-speed train racing into a large city.




Steam Train, Dream Train, by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.  You may have heard of this one—a newer, but very popular classic-in-the-making. The story has a lot of fun action/sound words, along with gorgeous illustrations.


Choo Choo, by Virginia Wise Burton  A classic, by the author of Mike Mulligan and Ka…