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Hey! Get Off Our Train by John Burningham

Hey! Get Off Our Train

by John Burningham

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introduces the idea of extinction to young children...interesting illustrations. Grif liked it for the trains and the animals. ( )
  vivacelibre | Oct 30, 2010 |
During the night, a boy and his toy dog take off on his toy train for an adventure, which gets interrupted and enhanced by animals seeking refuge -- an elephant in fear of losing his tusks, a seal in fear of losing its food supply, a crane in fear of losing its habitat, a tiger also in fear of losing its habitat, and a polar bear in fear of losing its coat to hunters.
  UWC_PYP | Feb 19, 2006 |
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One night, as a little boy goes to sleep clutching his pajama-case dog, he drifts off into an elaborate, imaginative journey by train. But what's this? One endangered animal after another--an elephant, a seal, a tiger--tries to join the boy and his dog on their global junket.

"Please let me ride on your train. I live in the frozen North and somebody wants my fur to make a coat out of, and soon there will be none of us left," says the polar bear.

At first the boy and his dog are reluctant to let the animals on the train--"Hey! Get off our train!" they shout--but as each critter explains its particular plight, they welcome it on board. Children will learn about the perils facing animals around the world--tusk taking, pollution, marsh draining, deforestation--but they'll also be happy to see the boy and his dog rescuing the animals one by one. John Burningham has a knack for keeping the mood playful while communicating a strong environmental message. With his strikingly original illustrations and gently rhythmic text, this highly acclaimed author- illustrator well deserves his Parents' Choice Award for this unusual book. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright 1999 by John Burningham. With permission of Crown Publishers, Inc.) (Ages 4 and older)

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At bedtime a young boy takes a trip on his toy train and rescues several endangered animals.

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