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In this imaginative tale a boy and his dog board a toy train at bedtime. They travel the world meeting several different endangered species along the way. When the boy hears the animals' sad stories he decides he must help them. The journey ends with a surprise twist that will be particularly appealing to young children and opens the door for some great discussion about the plight of endangered species.
This book will provide a great introduction to a discussion of endangered species. The text helps students identify factors such as habitat loss and pollution, that contribute to the decline of animal populations. Students could also select one of the species from the book for a poster project and learn more about their chosen animal. The posters could then be displayed around the school to promote awareness of endangered species. This story also supports discussion with students about personal actions and wildlife conservation.
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