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Diego saves his species!

Diego saves his species!

Who loves the Galapagos Giant Tortoise? Mims House sure does! Presenting a new extraordinary animal–Diego, the Galapagos Giant Tortoise! A riveting tale of survival and hope, you’ll follow the true tale of Diego the tortoise as he and his human caretakers work to restore his species before extinction! Click on the picture below to view Diego's book page!


This book teaches kids about that challenges that the endangered Giant Galapagos Tortoises faced, and working together in order to save it. Inside this book, alongside the beautiful illustrations, the struggles and causes of species endangerment of the Galapagos Giant tortoise are presented in a way that kids will comprehend and understand.

Pattison brings awareness to being good stewards of nature and taking care of the animals inhabiting our planet, as well as the good that can come from giving endangered animals the extra efforts to save them.

Diego’s story is not just a tale unifying to save a species, but also a recounting of the scientific efforts it takes to save species! You’ll also find interesting facts that inform your students about the Galapagos Giant Tortoise. By having this book by your side, your students will find plenty of ways to get excited about species conservation efforts and the benefit that arises from teamwork!

If you’re teaching about endangered animals, reptiles, or need a new story for your classroom, this is the book for you! It took 70 years from both the humans and animals in order to save this tortoise species. Pattison shows us it really is possible for humans to band together to save a species from extinction. You'll learn the values of teamwork, but also about the amazing efforts of Diego the tortoise!


This story follows the entire journey of Diego in a way your kids will understand. From capture on the island of Española to 40 years in the San Diego Zoo, and back to the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding Center, follow the trail of zookeepers an scientist working to save this species. Ignite a love and compassion for species conservation throughout your classroom with the help of Diego!


There’s no need to worry about how hard this book may be for some students to read. Written in a cohesive and easy to follow flow, your students will have no problem following the text. With its easy to read formatting, your students will read this book independently, reading with confidence.

In the amazing story of DIEGO, THE GALAPAGOS GIANT TORTOISE, students will learn about species conservation, the recovery of an endangered species, the hard work that goes into it, and the reward of watching a species thrive once more.


This story is Book 5 of the Another Extraordinary Animal series. Book 1, WISDOM, THE MIDWAY ALBATROSS started the series with a starred Publisher's Weekly review. DIEGO completes the series with a starred Kirkus review!

Learn about birds, mammals, spiders, amphibians, and now reptiles, in this series of biographies of an individual, named animal. Click the picture below!


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About Darcy Pattison

Children’s book author and indie publisher DARCY PATTISON writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for children. Five books have received starred PW, Kirkus, or BCCB reviews. Awards include the Irma Black Honor award, five NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books, two Eureka! Nonfiction Honor book, two Junior Library Guild selections, two NCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book, an Arkansiana Award, and the Susannah DeBlack Arkansas Children’s History Book
award. She’s the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature. Her books have been translated into ten languages.

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