model turtle swimming through water
skelton of turtle done in paper
turtle rex done in paper mache
frog on fence
drawing of a tadpole

After finding frog eggs in our backyard pond, I found myself raising tadpoles. At one point in their development I realized how much they resemble a T. Rex. Great book idea. These are Pacific chorus frogs.

Baby frog sitting on thumb

To show kids just how big a prehistoric sea turtle could get, I built one out of cardboard (the head is a toilet paper core) and paper mache', scaling it to a toy caveman from my childhood. But you won't find any cavemen in The Voyage of Turtle Rex, which is set in dinosaur days.

What sort of train would forest animals ride? Hollow logs work well for passenger cars, but what about the locomotive? 
After careful study, I learned that animal technology isn't as advanced as ours. So I went way back to one of the earliest steam locomotives. Built in 1829, this English locomotive was named "The Rocket" on account of its astonishing speed-- 29 miles per hour! That seems plenty fast for the Hibernation Station train.
I found this model kit of The Rocket, which gave me all the angles I needed.

Rocket model
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