Billy Aronson Betting on Forever

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Betting on Forever

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The place is earth, the time is now, Meganeura, Sabertoothed Tiger, Wooly Mammoth, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and a colorful cast of dinosaurs, prehistoric mammals, and other extinct creatures have returned to earth for a ten-thousand year reunion. The old home planet looks pretty good to them--no comets crashing into earth, Ice Ages, or erupting volcanoes--until the Dodo, ``an extinct bird with an attitude problem,'' bets Sabertoothed Tiger that by the end of the reunion they will all agree that their living relatives are in danger and that life on Earth is in more trouble than ever before. Lining up on both sides of the argument--each one confident that their side will win the bet--the spirits embark on a captivating and often hilarious journey to their old haunts to spy on present-day animals of the air, sea, and land. Offering a message of hope as well as solid lessons on evolution, ecology, endangerment, extinction, and the importance of keystone species, Aronson skillfully employs a facts-in-fiction approach to make readers of all ages aware of the delicate indterdependency of all living things.

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Strange-looking creatures from the past gather in their ghostly forms for an Extinct Animal Reunion where they discuss potential dangers to life on the planet.

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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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