Earth Day 2019

“Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!” 

The White Rabbit, from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

In a thought provoking but also thought inspiring booklet that I made for Earth Day or any Day, Alice, the Dodo and some of her other friends are used to challenge children to explore extinction and engdangered animals.

The dodo is an extinct flightless bird that was endemic to the island of Mauritius. Many of us first hear about the dodo in the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Later we may hear about the sad story of this flightless bird that was hunted to exctintion. This story may not be entirely true, for lots of reasons, for example, no bones from the bird has been found in waste pits from the early Mauritian settlements. The last confirmed sightings of a dodo came in the 1660s.

But there is still time to save other species and Alice’s friends, such as the dormouse and hedehog. The moral and ethical problems related to bringing back an animals from extinction can also be explored by using this booklet.

Photo BazzaDaRambler [CC BY 2.0 (

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