Creature Crossing [NOOK Book]

Overview

Ben, Kate, and Foster, the trio of friends from Starshine and Sunglow return in this satisfying sequel in which Ben finds a tiny creature in a ditch and is convinced he's stumbled upon something really big -- really big. It looks exactly like a baby dinosaur, but how can Ben be sure without letting the potentially explosive secret out? With help from Kate and Foster the answers begin to come together. But soon there's a new problem, and an even bigger challenge that will unite -- and galvanize -- the youngsters ...

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Creature Crossing

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Overview

Ben, Kate, and Foster, the trio of friends from Starshine and Sunglow return in this satisfying sequel in which Ben finds a tiny creature in a ditch and is convinced he's stumbled upon something really big -- really big. It looks exactly like a baby dinosaur, but how can Ben be sure without letting the potentially explosive secret out? With help from Kate and Foster the answers begin to come together. But soon there's a new problem, and an even bigger challenge that will unite -- and galvanize -- the youngsters and their entire community.

As they work together to learn about the creature that Ben had found and to help others like it to survive, Ben, Kate, and Foster also gain a sense of their own individual abilities.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Here again are Ben, Kate, and Foster, of Sunshine and Starglow. This time Ben launches the tale when he stumbles upon a creature. No ordinary creature this, but an amphibian of mysterious origin, a liz-thing to be guarded and hidden at all costs. Alas, the plan goes slightly awry, then gets completely out of hand, and the kids are set on a desperate mission in the cause of conservation. Peopled with graciously abetting adults and bathed in the light of the moon, the final scenes in Levin's gentle story wind to a dramatic and satisfying conclusion.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Another ecological novel about three friends who first appeared in Starshine and Sunglow (Greenwillow, 1994). When Ben finds a small creature in a ditch, he is sure that it is a baby dinosaur and he dreams of fame and fortune. He shares his secret with Kate and Foster and the three of them care for the animal together. When the children discover that the liz-thing is really an endangered spotted salamander, they also learn that many of these creatures are killed by cars as they cross the road during their migration back to their original hatching pool or pond. The friends, along with their conservation-minded neighbor, come up with a plan to get the salamanders safely to their breeding pool. The characters are well defined and light suspense keeps readers interested. Black-and-white illustrations highlight the action. Creature Crossing fits in nicely with ecology units and would serve as an appropriate read-aloud.Cheryl Cufari, Glencliff Elementary School, Niskayuna, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Nancy Vasilakis
The plot is low-key but believable, and the three main characters more fully fleshed out in this sequel. Lessons about nature are ably handled, made part of the story in a gentle, unobtrusive way. The novel's brevity and its enticing title and jacket are all elements that should help it reach its target audience.
The Horn Book Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062029904
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Betty Levin is the author of many popular books for young people, including The Banished; Look Back, Moss; Away to Me, Moss; Island Bound; Fire in the Wind; and The Trouble with Gramary. Betty Levin has a sheep farm in Lincoln, Massachusetts, where she also raises and trains sheepdogs. In Her Own Words...

"I started writing stories almost as soon as I began to read. They were derivative and predictable-as much a way of revisiting characters and places in books I loved as it was a means of self-expression. I don't remember when words and their use became important. In the beginning was the story, and for a long time it was all that mattered.

"Even though I always wrote, I imagined becoming an explorer or an animal trainer. This was long before I had to be gainfully employed. It wasn't until after I'd landed in the workplace, first in museum research and then in teaching, that I returned to story writing-this time for my young children. Then a fellowship in creative writing at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College gave me and my storymaking a chance. One affirmation led to another, and now there are books-and some readers.

"When I talk with children in schools and libraries, I realize that child readers are still out there. When they get excited about a character or a scene, a new dimension opens for them, a new way of seeing and feeling and understanding.

"Of course there is always one child who asks how it feels to be famous and to be recognized in supermarkets. I explain that the only people who recognize me are those who have seen me working my sheep dogs or selling my wool at sheep fairs. That response often prompts another query: Why write books if they don't make you rich and famous? I usually toss that question back at the children. Why do they invent stories? How does story writing make them feel?

"Eventually we explore the distinction between wanting to be a writer and needing to write. If we want to write, then we must and will. Whether or not we become published authors, we all have tales to tell and stories to share. Literature can only continue to grow from the roots of our collective experience if children understand that they are born creative and that all humans are myth users and storytellers."

Jos. A. Smith, illustrator of Hurry! by Jessie Haas, Ogres! Ogres! Ogres!: A Feasting Frenzy from A to Z by Nicholas Heller, and A Creepy Countdown by Charlotte Huck, lives in New York City.

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Chapter One

It was only by accident that Ben noticed the lizard, or whatever it was. Catching it made him feel like a hunter exposed to unknown risks. It might bite. It could even be poisonous.

First he had to make sure it was alive. Leaning over the ditch, he poked a stick through the pebbles and rattled them all around. Then, gently prodding, he nudged dead, sodden leaves that nearly buried the creature. It didn't stir. It looked a bit like a stick itself, a branch with twigs growing out. Those were its legs and feet.

He almost left it there. Since it wasn't moving, he figured he had plenty of time to get Kate and Foster to come for a look. Only then he would have share it with the, He didn't usually mind sharing like that. But lately he had had to share too much with his little sister, Daisy. Now that she could run all over the place, including his room, she was into everything.

So Ben decided it would be ool to have something all his own. It crossed his mind that even if the thing wasn't alive, it might still be special. What if it was a fossil out of a dinosaur egg ad millions of years old? He almost hoped it would turn out to be hard as rock. He would let his parents keep it on the matlepiece for a while to show off to their friends. A reporter might come from the local newspaper to take a picture of it, and everyone in school would know who had found this amazing specimen, previously unknown to science. The newspaper headline would read: Young Explorer Discovers Fossil Dinosaur Hatchling.

Ben had to lie on his stomach to reach whatever it was. Although a few roadside weeds were turning green, theground was hard and cold, as if still in the grip of winter. Snow had trickled down and then frozen overnight. Ben's hands were so icy when he finally scooped up the motionless creature that he could hardly feel it. Still, he made a bowl of his hands to cover it. Then raised two fingers to peek inside just to make sure it was really there.

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    Posted July 12, 2013

    Jaylen (my Animal Crossing: New Leaf bio)

    Species (in Animal Crossing, you are the only human, and I wanna be a human, so as PeanutButterGamer would say, "SHUT UP!" And stop hating): the only human, and yet he does not care. Looks: customized jacket titled Epicness Jacket, which is red with a black X on the back and black in the middle on front, brown eyes, black denim pants, red shoes, jet-black hair, permanent smile, red glasses. Hobbies: fishing, bugging (translation: I catch bugs), swimming, chatting, fossil-hunting. Work: Re-Tail. Friendliness Meter: OVER 9000!!! Problems: anger problems

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    Koala bear, status: single, personality: very kind, loves a challenge ad having fun, and always sees the good in people.

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    Posted August 7, 2012

    Isis the wolf bio

    Name: Isis
    Gender: Female
    Species: wolf
    Relationship status: Single and ready to mingle ;D
    Personality: Smart, quiet until she's comfortable (then she's crazy.) Loves to write and draw. Likes to make people laugh.
    Lives: Currently at the 15th result. Anyone can stop by for anything ever needed.

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    Posted July 31, 2012

    Dahlia the cat

    I'm dark grey with a white tipped tail and green eyes. Status: single. Signature: very shy but fun and easy going once i'm comfortable

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    Posted July 5, 2012

    OMG XD GUY READ THIS

    IM PLAYING TE GAME RIGHT NOW OMG XD ANYBODY KNOW HOW TO GROW COCNUT MY KEEP DIEING

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    Koala bear relationship:single...likes to have fun and will do or try anything

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    Anyone whos a boy,

    Lemmy paint ur nails:D

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    Flare the wolf s bio

    Name:flare
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    Siganture:always wers and hoodie and is sarcastic alot
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    Name : heather .. species : zebra.. signature : always flickers her tail and has a key with a heart on top of it... a necklace always on her neck

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    A white polar bear with blue eyes. Whats a bio anyways

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    Posted June 21, 2012

    Poyo the penguin's bio

    I am a penguin poyo! I always have my wizard hat on poyo! I have a big stick poyo and a small sword poyo! I love to talk and my laughs are very infectious poyo! I am about 3ft tall and 6in wide poyo! I am an abnormal penguin poyo! I travel with haru a lot poyo! It wll be fun to see you around poyo!

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    Posted June 21, 2012

    Intro to ANIMAL CROSSING CAMP

    Hey! I'm Aurora, the counselor for this camp. Here you can have fun and be popular with friends. You can have up to 4 people on your Nook, and up to 1000 months for a membership. This Rp has an advanced Tag Mode where you can get off your Nook and bump into RL people with Nooks and invite them to the Rp with a gift (you also get a reward with 10,000 Bells each person invited). Let's get started with the bio part. This Result is for bios ONLY. NO CHATTING! Lizzy bio: A fashionable giraffe that is related to Gracie, and has a elegant pelt and golden fur. Her bleach blonde mane is overgrown and curly. Aurora bio: A timid butterfly with a knack for singing. She has no relations and appears in her office only. Here is a map: Result 1, bios; Result 2; Town hall; Result 3; the city; Result 4, the tropical beach; Result 5, lighthouse; Result 6, the lookout point; Result 7, chatroom; Result 8, Hospital; Result 9, Tag mode launcher; Result 10, Lizzy's palace; Result 11, campfire and Tom Nook's shop. Other results are houses and features you want to add :) Post your animal bio here and meet Aurora at the Town Hall (next result). ~Aurora the butterfly

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