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It’s Ladybugs and Pussywillows first, in this watery edition of Cricket.
Everyone knows the story of Noah’s Ark, but have you heard about the Arkansas farmer who built a raft to save his family from a Mississippi flood? Enjoy the humorous “Noah Count and the Arkansas Ark”—an adventure based on a true story. By Gary Blackwood.
In the age of steamboats, female captains were unheard of until Mary Greene came along. Discover her story of life on the river in the “The Petticoat Skipper.” By Josephine Rascoe Keenan.
Have you ever wondered where the phrase “Women and children first” originated? It commemorates a nineteenth-century disaster off the coast of Cape Town, when the remarkable sense of discipline and duty of new recruits set the world standard for sacrifice at sea. Read the true story of maritime perils and heroism in “The Birkenhead Drill.” By Howard Bass.
It’s important to stay afloat, whether on an ark, a Mississippi steamboat, or weathering one of life’s storms. In the endearing story “The Secret,” a young girl has to make the best of things when her family suddenly finds themselves homeless. By Linda Wimberly.
In this Cricket you’ll enjoy the next episodes of “Ghost Train” by Linda anderson and “The Forty Thieves” by Christy Lenzi, a new art contest about rivers, and a recipe for the steamboat favorite Wheelhouse Puddin’. And when the bugs build a raft, for once Ladybug doesn’t want to be captain—lest she be obligated to go down with the ship. Ahoy!
Regular features include: The Letterbox, Cricket Country, Ugly Bird’s Crossbird Puzzle, Cricket League, Cricket and Ladybug, and Old Cricket Says.
Cover art by Jonathan Bean
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