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Turtle Crossing
     

Turtle Crossing

by Rick Chrustowski
 

Why did the turtle cross the road?

 

Five years after a female painted turtle hatches from her shell, she is ready to lay eggs of her own. This is a dangerous task because there is a road between her and the perfect nesting site. She starts to cross, but a huge car is hurtling her way. It stops just in time, and the kind people help her to safety.

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Why did the turtle cross the road?

 

Five years after a female painted turtle hatches from her shell, she is ready to lay eggs of her own. This is a dangerous task because there is a road between her and the perfect nesting site. She starts to cross, but a huge car is hurtling her way. It stops just in time, and the kind people help her to safety.

 

So the next time you see a Turtle Crossing sign, keep your eyes open—if you’re lucky you just might see a painted turtle on her way to make a nest.

 

Turtle Crossing is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A newly hatched turtle claws her way out of the dark nest and into the light of day. Soon she begins a march across the field and road to find the pond that will become her home. There in the cool, green water, she spends her summer, eating larva, minnows and tadpoles, and avoiding predators that might snap her up. All summer long she grows and when the days turn cold, she burrows into the mud at the bottom of the pond where she will sleep through the winter months. Summers of growing and winters of sleeping pass until the little turtle is strong and tough and ready to mate. In June she looks for a place to dig a nest; the perfect spot is where she was born. So she drags her heavy body out of the pond, up the sandy bank, and across the road where cars zip back and forth. This time she is fortunate; she reaches the other side safely, lays her eggs, and heads home. But as she begins to cross the pavement, the turtle sees the headlights of a fast moving car. She has only one defense—to stop and pull her head, tail and legs deep inside her shell. Will the people in the car see her? And if they do, can they stop in time? A wonderfully informative book rich with accurate detail about the painted turtle's life cycle and illustrated with eye-catching illustrations. Highly recommended. 2006, Henry Holt, Ages 5 to 8.
—Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This story follows the growth and development of a painted box turtle from her birth in an underground nest to her journey to a pond, till she crosses the road to build her own nest and then crosses back to the pond. Along the way, readers learn about the dangers she faces, how she spends the winter, and mating. The illustrations, done with colored pencil over watercolor washes, with lots of watery blues and greens, give readers a close-up view of turtle behavior. A solid source for reports and general interest.-Hope Marie Cook, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This story of a painted turtle's life, from leaving the nest through leaving her first eggs, sets the turtle in the context of her natural world but connects to a child's world through the familiar "turtle crossing" road signs and a carefully supervised road rescue. Accurate and detailed illustrations in colored pencil on watercolor wash invite a closer look, and the accessible and appealing narrative accurately conveys information about habitat and habits without personification. An afterword gives more detail about turtles, especially painted turtles, and about turtle traffic issues. Once again, the author/illustrator of Bright Beetle (2001), Hop Frog (2001) and Blue Sky Bluebird (2001) has provided accessible and accurate natural history for the youngest readers. This will be particularly useful in classrooms, but, unfortunately, it lacks any documentation or suggestions for further reading. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805074987
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/04/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.26(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Rick Chrustowski is the author/illustrator of Blue Sky Bluebird, Hop Frog, and Bright Beetle, as well as the illustrator of Army Ant Parade and Lunch at the Zoo. He lives and works in an old farmhouse on a hill in Wisconsin.

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