Product Review (submitted on September 13, 2019):
I've been subscribing to Cricket since about 1975. I'm an illustrator and graphic designer so I got it partly to enjoy the many different styles of illustration. But I've always enjoyed the short stores, folktales, histories, adventures and comments by the bugs, etc. I've imaged a high student reading a text book and seeing a footnote for the first time, then realizing that the bugs' comments in the margins of Cricket were footnotes. The Letterbox has been a charming way to learn about children around the U.S. and the world. Tonight while my husband was doing the dishes I read him two Cricket's stories. Somehow this February's issue was out of place and I just found it today. First I read him "Hidden Heritage." We both are aware of the horrors in Chinese history. We were impressed with the telling of the story, made appropriate for young children, yet true to the history...and the Author's Note at the end was perfect. I plan to share the story and Author's Note at an intellectual's Meetup we attend each month, and I'll share it with many of our friends who care about the history of China. I just ordered a copy of that issue to give as a gift to a newspaper reporter who writes about China. Then I read "Pond Water" to my husband. He enjoyed it as much as I had. I'm 78-1/2 and my husband will be 87 in December. You don't have to be 9 to 14 to appreciate good and clever writing. Thank you for years of pleasure.