A street dog in Mexico rises up against the odds. Based on a true story.

Level 1 and up / Novice Mid — Novice High

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A street dog appears on the doorstep of an animal refuge in Morelia, Mexico. He is very sick and needs help. Veterinary students Beto and Javier are determined to save the dog, but he is in very bad condition. With no home, no family, and many other animals at the veterinary clinic who need attention, the dog’s chances of recovery are slim. However, this is one extraordinary dog! Will he rise up against all odds and find a forever home with a family who will love him?

This Comprehension-based™ reader, Fénix, strategically weaves high-frequency vocabulary and language structures into a compelling story. Wayside's readers help learners acquire real language and achieve real proficiency while enjoying the reading process.


  • Level 1 and up
  • Present tense
  • Realistic fiction
  • Total word count: 3800
  • Unique word count: 112
  • Page count: 64
  • A 562-page Teacher's Guide is also available!
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Fenix Teacher's Guide

Our Teacher's Guides are loaded with resources to enrich the teaching and learning experience.

  • 562 pages/slides

    In Every Chapter:

    Vocabulary, cognates, comprehension questions, quiz, pre-reading discussion questions slideshow


    Slideshows: Morelia; Las enfermedades más comunes en los perros; Perros mexicanos; Perros famosos; Refugios de animales

    Readings: Alergia a las mascotas; Crueldad hacia los animales; El bosque Cuauhtémoc; El problema de los perros en condición de calle en México (2 readings/2 levels); Escuela de veterinaria de la UMSNH; La leyenda del ave fénix; Zamora, Michoacá


    Datos curiosos Cards

    Glyph: El problema de los perros en condición de calle en México

    Features and Highlights:

    Prep 4 Success Unit; A Bunch of Hunches; Antes; después o durante; Anticipation Guide; Causa y efecto; ¿Cómo? ¿Cuándo? ¿Dónde?; Eight is Enough; El más lógico; Eventful; Find the Faker; Game: Arcoiris™; Game: Eggspert; Game: Puntos al azar; Game: Teléfono descompuesto; Juego de memoria; Luz roja, luz verde; Map Talk; Mark All That Apply; On Deck; Order Up; Pre-Reading Context Clues; Primero o segundo; Questionable; ¿Quién lo dijo? Gallery Walk; Quite the Character; Running Dictation with Pictures; Six of One, Half Dozen of Another; The Splits; Thumbs Up, 7 Up; Toma uno, por favor; Unfair Game; Verb-O; Which Sitch is Which?; Yellow Brick Road Retell


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