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Crickwing and Trupp Literature Unit

 

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Crickwing and Trupp Literature Unit

By Janell Cannon

 

Crickwing

Crickwing was a nice cockroach who tried to keep to himself and simply enjoyed making sculptures from his food. He was continuously bullied by the larger creatures in the forest. This made him very sad.

He came across some leafcutter ants and thought that because he was bigger than they were, he could easily pick on them and even the score. He was mistaken. The queen ant demanded that the leafcutter ants team up together and capture Crickwing to give to the army ants as a peace offering. The leafcutters did as they were asked, but then felt bad and let Crickwing go.

Crickwing was shocked by this and felt guilty because he knew the leafcutter ants would be in danger if they did not bring him back to the queen. When the leafcutter ants did not return with Crickwing, the army ants set out to try and capture Crickwing and the leafcutter ants. Crickwing came up with a clever plan to help the leafcutter ants and together they created a large, lifelike anteater sculpture and scared away the army ants.

Trupp

Trupp is a “Fuzzhead”- a cat-like creature who lives in a cave with his family. He is curious about what lies out there in the big world beyond their cave. He tells his family that he wants to go explore and find out just how big the world is. They caution him that others might be afraid of him because he does not look human.

Trupp decided to set out on his own and along the way met a raven named Krok who helped him find some clothes so he would blend in with the humans and not scare anybody. Nobody noticed him except for a homeless lady they met along the way named Bernice. She befriended them and helped take care of Trupp. She also helped find him food and shelter. She also helps Trupp realize what is important to him. Eventually Trupp realized that the world was a big, scary, and lonely place. He realized that he missed home, so he went back to his family.

 

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