A little boy sets off on a round-the-world night train to dreamland with only his toy dog for company. But soon all sorts of endangered animals are asking if they can jump up and join them on their journey.
Whilst initially shouted at - "Oi! Get off our train!" - each animal is allowed to stay, after explaining why it has to leave its own habitat - the elephant because someone wants to cut off its tusks, the stork because the marshland is being drained, and so on.
This would be an ideal story to introduce the need to look after the environment, and could be followed up by research about the animals and habitats mentioned in the story.
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