writing stories and poems
for the Cricket
One story, “Kotoshi the
Doctor,” was included in the
cover anthology, Fire and Wings
(Cricket Books, 2002).
Here is a list
of more stories:
instead of being
eaten by a dragon, or
not only heals a dragon
wounded wing, she discovers
that its mother much prefers
eating fish to sacrificial
The story continues in
the Love Doctor” (Cricket,
May 2007) when Kotoshi
meets a poetic patient she
can’t (or perhaps doesn’t
really want) to
Art by Daniel
for "Kotoshi the
“Spider Soup,” Spider,
folktale starring a greedy and selfish
“The Salted Mushroom,” Cricket,
century China a wealthy salt merchant
plans to live forever.
“Reina Sardina,” Spider,
A magic fish
grants Pepe’s mother an unexpected
“Tukama and the Duppy,” Spider,
outwit a mischievous Duppy?
“Marco and the Magic Seeds,” Spider,
beans turn out to be squash seeds, and
the weedwoman is not a
“Love Leaves” & “Basket of Love,”
both in Cricket, 2/2003
courtship festivals and how they
“The Ox-Star,” Spider,
When Shang Ti
sends Ox to Earth with an important
message, mixed-up Ox makes a big
“The Moth Prince,” Cricket,
spoiled Chinese prince
awakens from a dream
that he’d become a moth.
But maybe it wasn’t a dream.
“The Moth Prince” is one
of my favorite stories.
Among its inspirations:
a tour of a Chinese silk
in 1990 and a famous dream
in the Taoist classic,
When the sage, Chuang Chou
awoke, he didn’t know if he
was a butterfly dreaming
of Chou or Chou dreaming
he was a butterfly!
for “The Moth
“Hair and Feathers,” Cricket,
How can bald
Bandong court Nanka, his true love, if
he has no hair for her to comb?
“Biscuit Boy,” Ladybug,
With a bugle
and a song, shy Sidney sells Mama’s
biscuits in the marketplace.
“Princess Shen-ming and the Wise Man,”
princess wisely interprets a simple
“The Little-Like-Me Baby,” Ladybug,
Who does a
baby platypus look like?
Art by Ponder Goembel
for “The Little-Like-Me Baby”
“The Bits-and-Pieces Platypus,” Ladybug,
“The Promise of Seged,” co-author,
David Gershator, Spider,
The Jews of
Ethiopia celebrate the holiday of
Seged––and reach the land of their
dreams and prayers.
“Coyote’s Coat,” Spider,
never be satisfied with the color of
“Kot kot kot kodatch...,” Ladybug,
Hungarian hen takes a ride on a bike.
“Tiyoro and the Kissing Bird,” Cricket,
A tale from
Mali: stubborn girl meets stubborn
“Nu Wa and the Yellow Clay,” Spider,
myth of creation featuring the snaky
goddess Nu Wa.
“Vive l’Artiste!” Cricket,
Haitian artist, inspired by the
spirits, paints his finest painting,
will he sell it?
“The Butterfly Test,” Cricket,
indecisive prince can’t make up his
mind what to wear or what to eat, how
will he ever choose a wife?
“Promises,” Cricket, 8/2007
tale from the Panchatantra,
in which a young woman marries a
“Ancestor Dog,” Cricket,
“Beauty and the Beast” story from
“Barbarian’s Bride,” Cricket,
Who will be
chosen to wed the Barbarian? Surely
not the Emperor’s favorite!
“Seek the Sun,” Spider,
A true story
“The Beggar Prince and the Honest
Princess,” Cricket, 4/2011
tale, retold from the Panchatantra,
in which a disowned daughter is
married to a sickly beggar.
Art by Uma
for "The Beggar Prince
and the Honest Princess"
"The Lonely Goat," Ladybug,
A goat looks
everywhere for his family. Where did
“Wu-tu,” Cricket, 3/2012
ancient annals of Chinese history:
valiant soldier, precious stone,
greedy king, beautiful maiden....
"Frog Rain," Ladybug, 4/2013
A true story
about a very tiny, very loud, and very
special frog: the coquí. Read the
"Bushi's Bullfight," Cricket,
tale in which the 19th century warrior
Sokon Matsumura engages in
hand-to-hand combat––with a bull!
"Bushi's Bride," Cricket,
Yonamine consents to marry on one
condition. Her suitor must defeat her
in a fair fight.
"The Water Bucket: a Chinese folk
tale," Cricket, 1/2018
"Cinderella" and "The Porridge Pot"
come to mind in this traditional tale
starring the popular Chinese "Water
"Can I Borrow Your Burrow?" Ladybug,
likes peace and quiet, but his burrow
is a busy place. One guest after
another stops by––and moves in! What
is our hero to do?
"Three Impossible Tasks," Part 1, Cricket,
Can Pei, a
handsome, young, but very poor
calligrapher, win the hand of the
wealthy magistrate's daughter? No!
Impossible! Or so the magistrate
hopes. To be continued....
"Three Impossible Tasks," Part 2, Cricket,
The first and
second tasks set by the scheming
magistrate seemed impossible, but the
third task––well, there is no way Pei
can succeed this time, locked in a
cell without ink or brush....
"The Silent One," Cricket, 3/2023
of fact, fiction, and legend to tell
the story of Mo Niang, a popular
Chinese deity, also known as Ma Zu
(Ancestral Grandmother), patron saint
of sailors, fisherfolk, explorers,
"The Tennin's Robe," inspired
by a classic Japanese tale,
appeared in a wonderful issue of Highlights
magazine in April, 2008. That
issue includes some amazing facts
about the brain, plus a
true story about the famous candy
maker Milton S. Hershey.
Poems in the
Cricket Group Magazines:
"Down at the Pond," Ladybug,
Kate Talbot for "Down at
“At the Holocaust Memorial Museum,” Cicada,
“After the Storm,” co-author, David
Gershator, Cricket, 4/2000
Treasure on the beach.
“Mosquito catcher,” Spider,
friend the lizard.
“Don’t call my name,” Cricket,
Why not? Read on:
CALL MY NAME
don’t call my name--
reading a book.
don’t call my name.
ask me to clean up my room
take out the trash.
I don’t want to go shopping.
not ready to play.
don’t call my name--
reading a book.
making new friends.
know all their secrets
for a few,
call my name.
reading a book
I can’t answer your call
I see how it ends.