Cats in Literature:
Published in 1960, “The Cricket in Times Square” by George Selden is a classic children’s book about a cricket, Chester who befriends a mouse named Tucker and a cat named Harry…
I know my sisters and I loved this book as a child, but I didn’t remember much about it. Upon rereading, I am baffled to think of how I might have possibly imagined a New York City subway station, having never been there, let alone Times Square! Luckily, with kids’ active imaginations, those things are not usually limitations.
Chester Cricket got into a picnic basket in his home in Connecticut, and ended up accidentally hitching a ride into New York City. He manages to escape in the Times Square subway station, specifically at the shuttle that goes to Grand Central. He is adopted as a pet by Mario, the son of the owners of the newsstand at that stop, and befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.
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