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Sisters And Other Life Forms
“IT’S NOT YOUR fault. It’s not your fault.” I kept telling myself this as I waited for the cryotube’s cooler to pump down. Its rhythmic wheezing echoed the same reply: Yes, it is. Yes, it is. As the temperature dial crept downward, I glanced at the f
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A MAN CLOTH’D in GOAT-SKINS
ALEXANDER SELKIRK RACED after the wild goat as it bounded ahead of him up a steep slope. His calloused feet hardly felt the rocky ground. The Scottish sailor grinned, remembering when he’d been too slow to catch a healthy goat. The desperate animal s
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More Than One Robinson Crusoe?
Alexander Selkirk and the fictional Robinson Crusoe both suffered from loneliness and fear before learning to live comfortably on their islands. Both kept cats and goats, dressed in goatskins, hid in trees, feared the arrival of hostile strangers, an
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Cricket League
“Psst, I need to talk to you.” My best friend, looking super excited, is pulling me toward the nearest classroom. It’s empty, and she shuts the door. “This is really big. I made a time machine, and it can take our brains back in time if you know how
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New Story Contest: Resolving Conflict
In “Forfeit,” Galilee helps resolve a longstanding conflict between Dwarves and Centaurs. And in “The Cat with No Meow,” Jessalyn and Esha resolve a misunderstanding over whose cat is whose. Even good friends don’t always get along—not only Cricket a
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Cover And Border
Ingrid Kallick is an artist and writer. She learned folk art from her grandparents, who emigrated from Norway, Bohemia, and Ukraine. Rumor has it that she was abducted by fairies as a child. After returning, she became an artist, with her first publi
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Old Cricket Says
CAN YOU IMAGINE spending a summer near the North Pole where the sun shines twenty-four hours a day? The sun is so low in the sky, the slanted rays create continuous daylight that lasts for months. What a summer that would be! Beth A. Clark tells me t
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Lonnie Plecha Editor Anna Lender Art Director Patrick Murray Designer Carolyn Digby Conahan Staff Artist Deborah Vetter Senior Contributing Editor Julie Peterson Copyeditor Emily Cambias Assistant Editor Stacey Lane Smith Assistant Editor Adr
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The Letterbox
Dear Everybuggy, Hi! I know, I know, you’ve heard this a seption (1024 ) times, but I LOVE your magazine! I just have something to say (all from February 2020). Ladybug, you are correct! Hockey is very rough. Just don’t punch-fight. Wear protective g
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The Cat With No Meow
“JESSALYN, ARE YOU trying to merge with your chair at the cellular level?” Mrs. Lockwood asked me in her low, croaky voice from the front of the classroom. Twenty heads turned in my direction, to witness whatever cellular merging was. My plan to disa
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New Year’s Eve
The Old Year Is at the station Waiting for the train, A one-way ticket In his hand—He won’t be back again. Where is he heading? No one knows. Some place faraway, His luggage packed With memories Of each and every day. Happy memories, Sad ones, too—Th
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Katerina And The Bright Falcon
THERE ONCE LIVED a prosperous landholder who had three grown daughters. One day, when the last of the snow lay in little piles beneath the cherry trees, he prepared to set out for the fair. “I am off,” he said, shrugging into his heavy coat and stepp
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Winter
The frost is here,The fuel is dear,And woods are sear,And fires burn clear,And frost is hereAnd has bitten the heel of the going year. Bite, frost, bite!You roll up away from the lightThe blue woodlouse and the plump dormouse,And the bees are stilled
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Forfeit
GALILEE PAUSED AT the large outcropping of rock lining one wall of the canyon rising before her. Among the sharp cliffs and sparse foliage, there was no sound or sign of movement. No trespassing. It is the law and part of the ongoing treaty. But she
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Favorite First Sentences
“THE INUIT WOMAN TOLD ME THAT IF I EVER SAW A UNICORN, TO CLOSE MY EYES.” WAITING FOR UNICORNS by Beth Hautala submitted by Kaia N. of La Farge, WI “The copper-haired rider looked at the black sky and swore.” IN THE HAND OF THE GODDESS (Song of t
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Once Upon A Time In A Deep, Dark Mine
In memory I hold a vision of my grandpa grooming one of his Shetland ponies on his farm in the 1940s. He was expecting a family to visit that evening—a possible sale. “But you know, Millie,” he said to me as, brush in hand, he gently stroked the pony
Cricket Magazine1 min cititeHorses
The Pit Ponies
They come like the ghosts of horses, shyly,To this summer field, this fresh green,Which scares them. They have been too long in the blind mine,Their hooves have trodden only stonesAnd the soft, thick dust of fine coal, And they do not understand the
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Midnight’s Christmas
Midnight is a little rescue cat whose original owners reluctantly had to leave her behind when they moved away from England. She has come to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jones, a kindly older couple with a large house in the country. Midnight has a numbe
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The Year of Two Thanksgivings
IN 1863, PRESIDENT Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation stating that Thanksgiving Day would be observed on the last Thursday of November. This tradition continued for 76 years, until 1939. That year, November had five Thursdays, causing Thanksgiving
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Gingerbread Pear Muffins
THESE SPICY GINGERBREAD muffins are great for breakfast. Mix the dry ingredients together the night before to save time in the morning. Then surprise Mom and Dad with breakfast in bed during the holidays! (These muffins also make super snacks.) 13/4
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Cover And Border
“Winter Cat” watercolor over linotype Kristina Swarner decided to be an artist at the age of four, and she has been drawing ever since. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Kristina has won numerous awards, illustrating everything from b
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Cricket League
JULY 2020 ART CONTEST Dream Vacation Olivia Vessey, age 9 Chapel Hill, NC Julia Mills, age 12 Gulf Breeze, FL Carley Osterman, age 12 Morton, IL Country Concert at Red Rock, Colorado Sarah Edwards, age 10 Richardson, TX Steven Johnson, ag
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Lonnie Plecha Editor Anna Lender Art Director Patrick Murray Designer Carolyn Digby Conahan Staff Artist Deborah Vetter Senior Contributing Editor Julie Peterson Copyeditor Emily Cambias Assistant Editor Stacey Lane Smith Assistant Editor Adr
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Old Cricket Says
AT THIS TIME of year, as people around the world celebrate holidays of light and hope, such as Hannukah, Diwali, Kwanza, and Christmas, one of my favorite traditions is to reread A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. You likely know the story of the
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The Letterbox
Dear Cricket and Everybuggy, Hi! I’m a female boy scout and I love dancing, music, and animals. I also love this magazine. I have been getting it since I was eight! I’m the oldest of three and I have a dog named Copper, a leopard gecko named Leppy, a
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The Snow Woman’s Daughter
WHEN I WAS a little girl, I thought my mother’s name was Yuki, which means snow. That was part of her name, but I didn’t learn the rest of it until the night my father died. My mother left us on a slate-gray evening when I was five, with her namesake
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Winter
I love it when the trees are bare. Nothing but the shapes are there. Abandoned bird nests, dark and spare, Are all the sleeping branches wear. ■
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Wishing For Christmas
IT DOESN’T SEEM that long ago, the Christmas of my eighth birthday. We had recently moved to 194 Poplar Street in New Haven, Connecticut. It was our sixth move that year. Our new home was a four-room apartment on the second floor of a rundown Victori
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Thanksgiving SPELL
Thanks for usHealthy and happyAll gathered here on thisNovember day.Kindred soulsSeated together,Grateful for kindnessIn other’s ways.Voices raisedIn tune with each otherNeeds fulfilled asGrace we say. ■
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The Wishing Tree Of The Blue Dragon Temple
There is a small temple facing south, on a hill overlooking the ancient Silla village of Nam Won. In its courtyard stands a gnarled tree guarding a hot spring. Every autumn children visit this temple, carrying paper lanterns. They hang lanterns on th
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