This is an original book I created for college for a 4th grade science lesson on the Dodo birds and extinction. When I became a teacher, I continued to use the book, and the students absolutely loved it. It has original illustrations (although you can tell they are original, they are still decent illustrations that the kids like), but this is a fictional story based on non-fiction that helps students understand the impact that humans had on the real Dodo birds. It is a great book to teach human impact on the earth and extinction. While the story has a happy ending, there is also a page about what truly happened to the Dodo. In addition, there is an extinct animals basic matching game with facts about each animal, and a page where students can create bookmarks about an extinct animal. All you have to do is make copies of it and let students research an extinct animal and then fill out the bookmark. Use this to teach third and fourth grade aligned science standards, or just as an entertaining story.