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TURTLE CROSSING by Rick Chrustowski


by Rick Chrustowski & illustrated by Rick Chrustowski

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8050-7498-8
Publisher: Henry Holt

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)