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Crickwing by Janell Cannon

Crickwing (edition 2005)

by Janell Cannon

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

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Crickwing by Janell Cannon



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This story is about a cockroach named Crickwing. He was named Crickwing after damaging a wing, when fleeing a predator. Crickwing has a special talent for "food sculpting". He builds his creations out of roots, plants, and petals, and then eats his creation. Crickwing is harassed by lizards, ocelots, and food stealing monkeys. He realizes that they only bother him and not the ants. Crickwing decides to bully the ants until their Queen orders him to be captured. In the end, Crickwing realizes that bullying is not the answer and he apologizes to the former enemies. This book has great illustrations. This story would be great for discussing bullying, acceptance of others, and team work. This book could also be used during an insect unit because there are many different insect characters in the story. ( )
  Jmader2 | Mar 4, 2017 |
  SteppLibrary | Mar 3, 2017 |
Tired of being picked on by larger creatures, a cockroach named Crickwing decides to make himself feel better by picking on some busy ants. But when Crickwing endangers the ants, he realizes that he must somehow help the smaller creatures.
  KNealy20 | Oct 25, 2016 |
GL: 4.1
DRA: 38
Lexile: AD590L
  Infinityand1 | Aug 2, 2016 |
A great book with good pictures about an ant who was bullied, but then bullies as a result of that. In the end, worked together with the other ants and realized that good things can happen if everyone puts aside their differences and doesn't judge. ( )
  Mwick | Nov 10, 2015 |
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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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