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Crickwing (edition 2005)

by Janell Cannon

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Title:Crickwing
Authors:Janell Cannon
Info:Sandpiper (2005), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 48 pages
Collections:fiction, Picture Books
Rating:*****
Tags:team work, bullying, self-esteem

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Notes at the end about ants and cockroaches.
  raizel | Jul 4, 2014 |
This is a fantastic story about a cockroach who is bullied, then bullies a group of leaf-cutter ants only to be taken prisoner by them. He and the ants realize what they had done is wrong and then work together to "live happily ever after" so to speak! This is another great story by Cannon about acceptance of others and how, if we work together, we can make great things happen! The illustrations are wonderful and make the story come to life.
  athomp2 | Apr 27, 2013 |
I would use this book to model using transitions in writing. I think students will like this book because it is about a cockroach who gets picked on, becomes a bully, then helps save the ants he was bullying from other ants that are bullying them. ( )
  cnbryant | Apr 12, 2013 |
Comparatively slight, this story of a cockroach with a broken wing and a flair for food preparation is heartwarming and sweet. Cannon explores the nature of bullying in a particularly subtle way, and ties it all up with a multi-species bow at the end. Doesn't stand up to her earlier work, in my opinion, though the illustrations are delightful. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
The story of a roach who loved to create art, and with his artwork, saved a colony of ants he once bullied. ( )
  RebeccaMichelet | Apr 28, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0152050612, Paperback)

Janell Cannon, best-known for her award-winning picture books Stellaluna and Verdi, departs from the world of bats and snakes and turns her attention to... cockroaches. None of these are particularly cuddly creatures, but seen through Cannon's anthropomorphizing glasses, they are ones we can sympathize with. Crickwing, cruelly named for his twisted wing, is a lonely food stylist. He builds sculptures out of roots, leaves, and petals... and then eats them. But artistic serenity is not possible in the dangerous forest. The melancholy insect is constantly faced with cockroach-eating lizards, ocelots, and worse, food-stealing monkeys: "'Another masterpiece--ruined!' Crickwing panted. 'I'm starving and my wing aches. I don't know if I can take this much longer.'"

Bemoaning his fate as a "mere exoskeleton," Crickwing wakes up with thoughts of vengeance. As he watches thousands of leaf-cutting ants busy at work, he wonders, "Why isn't anyone bothering these little twerps?" He sticks his spiny leg out to trip one of them, and delights in taunting them further. Of course, the ants don't take this well. They swarm him, drag him into the dark corridors of their anthill, and bury him up to his neck--all the while whispering about how his mother must be heartbroken to have produced such an awful menace. Just as they are about to fork him over as their annual peace offering to the army ants, they have a crisis of conscience. "Nobody deserves that, not even this big bully," says one of the ants, and, risking the wrath of their queen, they release him and flee. Now it's Crickwing's turn to have a conscience. He races after the leafcutters with his creative plan to keep the warring army ants at bay. The story ends in a festive explosion of flower confetti, and a valuable lesson in compassion. The concluding "Cockroach Notes" and "Ant Notes" crawl with fascinating facts about our six-legged friends. (Ages 5 to 8) --Karin Snelson

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A lonely cockroach named Crickwing has a creative idea that saves the day for the leaf-cutter ants when their fierce forest enemies attack them.

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