The Cricket Warrior: A Chinese Tale retold by Margaret and Raymond Chang, illustrated by Warwick Hutton [in What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature]
The emperor levies a new tax on his subjects – to be paid in crickets because he loves to watch cricket matches. The farmer Cheng Ming finds a promising cricket, but his son, Wei nian, promptly loses it. The loyal son takes the form of a cricket and saves his family by becoming the court champion.