The Very Quiet Cricket (The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Stories)


The Very Quiet Cricket One warm day from a tiny egg a little cricket was born. WELCOME! Chirped a big cricket rubbing his wings together. The little cricket wanted to answer so he rubbed his wings together. But nothing happened. Not a sound. GOOD MORNING! Whizzed a locust spinning through the air. The little cricket wanted to answer so he rubbed his wings together. But nothing happened. Not a sound. 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. GOOD DAY! Crunched a worm, munching its way out of an apple. The little cricket wanted to answer, so he rubbed his wings together. But nothing happened. Not a sound. HI! Bubbled a spittblebug, slurping in a sea of froth. The little cricket wanted to answer, so he rubbed his wings together. But nothing happened. Not a sound. GOOD AFTERNOON! Screeched a cicada, clinging to a branch of a tree. The little cricket wanted to answer, so he rubbed his wings together. But nothing happened. Not a sound. HOW ARE YOU! Hummed a bumble-bee flying from flower to flower. The little cricket wanted to answer, so he rubbed his wings together. But nothing happened. Not a sound. GOOD EVENING! Whirred a dragonfly, gliding about the water. The little cricket wanted to answer, so he rubbed his wings together. But nothing happened. Not a sound. GOOD NIGHT! Buzzed the mosquitoes, dancing among the stars. The little cricket wanted to answer, so he rubbed his wings together. But nothing happened. Not a sound. A luna moth sailed quietly through the night. And the cricket enjoyed the stillness. As the luna moth disappeared silently into the distance, the cricket saw another cricket. She, too, was a very quiet cricket. Then he rubbed his wings together one more time. And this time… …he chirped the most beautiful sound that she had ever heard.

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