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One day, a little cricket is born and meets a big cricket who chirps his welcome. But the little cricket cannot make a sound. The cricket meets many insects, but it isn't until he meets a beautiful female cricket that he can finally chirp "hello!" 


Hello! whispered a praying mantis,

scraping its huge front legs together. 

The little cricket wanted to answer,

so he rubbed his wings together.

But nothing happened. Not a sound.

©1990 Eric Carle (P)2021 Listening Library

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"Typical of Carle's style, the language is simple, with rhythm, repetition, and alliteration to delight young listeners." (School Library Journal

"The text is skillfully shaped." (Horn Book)

"The spare text is structured by repetitive phrasing that will lend itself to read-aloud responses." (Booklist)

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