“The Crickets” is a perfect story for music time – funny, well-written. easy to follow, and very musical. It’s one of
thestories in “Mouse Soup” by the great Arnold Lobel,
about a mouse who puts off ( and escapes) his eventual
inclusionin a weasel’s soup pot by telling him stories,
In “The Crickets,” a mouse can’t get to sleep because of the chirping of a noisy cricket. When he tells the crcket he doesn’t want any more music, the cricket thinks he
means “More music!” and gets some friends. More
misunderstandingsensue until a field full of crickets
is serenading the poorlittle mouse. Finally, the crickets
understand and cheerfullyhop away, and the mouse
gets his sleep.
Children love to chirp, and then to chirp louder and
louderand louder. You can have them chirp along with
the cricketsin the story, or actually have them act out
the story with onechild as the mouse, one as the first
cricket, and so on.
Either way, this story teaches about soft and loud, and musical texture, and provides lots of noisy, chirpy fun!