Publication Date: April 4, 2006
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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.
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.