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Betting On Forever
     

Betting On Forever

by Billy Aronson, John Quinn (Illustrator)
 

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It was a typical spring morning,in a typical park,in a typical town—until a saber-tooth tiger came charging out from behind a bench. And a wolly mammoth leapt out from a bush. And a tyrannosaurus emerged from behind a hill,a giant dragonfly fluttered from the branches of a tree,and dozens of other extinct creatures came dashing,waddling,and flying together for

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It was a typical spring morning,in a typical park,in a typical town—until a saber-tooth tiger came charging out from behind a bench. And a wolly mammoth leapt out from a bush. And a tyrannosaurus emerged from behind a hill,a giant dragonfly fluttered from the branches of a tree,and dozens of other extinct creatures came dashing,waddling,and flying together for their Extinct Animal Reunion. These extinct creatures have been showing up for reunions every ten thousand years or so,to enjoy a pleasant look at life on the old planet. But this reunion turns out to be anything but pleasant. As the old timers boast about how hard things were in their day,when they had to deal wth ice ages,devastating meteors,and towering meat-eaters,a newly extinct creature—an odd little bird—bets the others that creatures living now have it harder than they ever did. . . and that life on the planet might in fact be coming to an end. Though the others think the bird's out to lunch,they accept the bet,and set out to explore the planet they thought they knew. . . Take a tour with these prehistoric visitors,as they uncover clues that baffle them,horrify them,and convince them that. . . SOMETHING WIERD IS HAPPENING ON THE OLD HOME PLANET.

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Gr 3-6Imagine a reunion that occurs only every 10,000 years, and the alumni that show up are all ghosts of prehistoric animals. T. rex mingles with the woolly mammoth; saber tooth and dodo reminisce; the ghosts of herbivores and carnivores yuck it up now that the hunt for food is a thing of the past. It's a fun time, until the dodo insinuates that all is not well on Earth, and then provides a tour of the contemporary world. The animal spirits shudder at the mess made by the "tall chimps" (humans) and the environmental catastrophes they have created. Though some people are fighting to save the planet, the book ends with the animals returning to the void undecided about Earth's future. Aronson wallows in clichs and uses sloppy anthropomorphizing. Often the animals seem to have been given a voice simply to mouth the author's beliefs. The brown-and-white line drawings match the amateurish level of the writing and add little to the story. Skip this one.Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780070058293
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Pages:
149
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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