Harry Cat loves the theater. One night he jumps in and lands a part in a big Broadway play. But now Tucker Mouse is home alone and misses him terribly. How will Harry find time for his friend Tucker?
About the Author
GEORGE SELDEN and GARTH WILLIAMS were the creators of the many adventures of Chester, Harry, Tucker, and their friends, including the Newbery Honor book The Cricket in Times Square.
THEA FELDMAN is the co-author of Suryia&Roscoe, available from Henry Holt. She lives in New York City.
OLGA and ALEKSEY IVANOV illustrated the Charlotte's Web beginning readers. They live in Colorado.
Thea Feldman is a prolific author of leveled readers and picture books for children, including Suryia and Roscoe and Suryia Swims!, which she co-authored with Dr. Bhagavan Antle. She has also worked at the Wildlife Conservation Society where she researched and wrote about the animals in the Society's five urban wildlife parks in New York City. She is a former editorial director at Scholastic.
George Selden (1929-1989) was the author of A Cricket in Times Square, winner of the 1961 Newbery Honor and a timeless children's classic. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Selden received his B.A. from Yale, where he was a member of the Elizabethan Club and contributed to the literary magazine. He spent three summer sessions at Columbia University and, after college, studied for a year in Rome on a Fulbright Scholarship. People often asked Selden how he got the idea for The Cricket in Times Square. "One night I was coming home on the subway, and I did hear a cricket chirp in the Times Square subway station. The story formed in my mind within minutes. An author is very thankful for minutes like those, although they happen all too infrequently." The popular Cricket series grew to seven titles, including Tucker's Countryside and The Old Meadow. In 1973, The Cricket in Times Square was made into an animated film. Selden wrote more than fifteen books, as well as two plays. His storytelling blends the marvelous with the commonplace realities of life, and it was essential to him that his animal characters display true emotions and feelings.
Garth Williams (1912-96) illustrated all seven of the Chester Cricket books and many other works, including Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web.
ALEKSEY and OLGA IVANOV are the illustrators of many children's books, including the Charlotte's Web beginning readers, in which they also replicated the style of Garth Williams. They live in Colorado.
OLGA and ALEKSEY IVANOV are the illustrators of many children's books, including the Charlotte's Web beginning readers, in which they replicated the style of Garth Williams. They live in Colorado.
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Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse: Starring Harry
Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse were best friends. They lived in a cozy drainpipe in the Times Square subway station.Every day, Harry and Tucker had breakfast together. Then they took a walk and watched the crowds.Every night, Tucker liked to stay home. Harry always went out. He loved the theater.One night, Harry saw a brand-new play. People onstage talked and talked Harry was bored. He looked at the crowd. They seemed bored too.Just then, someone walked onto the stage. She was carrying a big fish. Harry didn't stop to think. He jumped!Harry grabbed the fish and ran off the stage.The crowd began to laugh. And clap. And stand and cheer."Can you do this every night?" asked the man in charge. Harry purred. He was saying yes.Harry ran home to tell Tucker. "Harry, that's wonderful!" said Tucker, yawning. "Let's talk about it in the morning."But Harry slept late the next morning. He was tired from his new job. So Tucker had breakfast alone.When Harry finally woke up, he said, "I'm glad you ate. You shouldn't wait to have breakfast with me anymore. I may be tired a lot now."Harry was tired a lot. He slept later and later every day. Tucker was alone more and more every day. He took walks by himself. He watched the crowds by himself. It wasn't much fun without Harry.One day, Tucker couldn't stand it any longer. He shouted, "Harry, I never see you anymore!""I know," Harry said. "I miss you too. Please come to the theater tonight. At least you can see me onstage!" "That's not what I mean," said Tucker. "You know I like to stay home at night." Harry looked sad. "Oh, all right," said Tucker. "I'll come." "Thank you," said Harry.That night, Tucker went to Harry's play. Tucker saw that Harry was the best part of the whole show. After the play, Tucker watched everyone crowd around Harry.They praised him and patted his head. Tucker couldn't get anywhere near him.Tucker walked home alone. He was happy for Harry, but he was sad for himself. "Harry is a star now," he said. "I have to let him go." Tucker tried not to cry.When Tucker got home, Harry was already there! "Why so sad?" Harry asked."Harry!" cried Tucker "Why are you here? I thought you wanted to be with your fans.""I'd rather be with you," said Harry. "Really?" asked Tucker. "Really," said Harry. "I quit the play tonight." "Why?" asked Tucker. "They can find another cat. I missed my best friend," said Harry. "Me?" asked Tucker. "You," said Harry.Then Harry yawned. "Let's talk about it more in the morning," he said. Tucker yawned too. "Harry," he said, "you'll always be a star to me."Text copyright © 2011 by Thea Feldman.