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The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step-Into-Reading) (original 1989; edition 1989)

by Natalie Standiford, Donald Cook

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Title:The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step-Into-Reading)
Authors:Natalie Standiford
Other authors:Donald Cook
Info:Random House (1989), Paperback, 48 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Second to third grade reading, Alaska, sled dogs, winter, dogs, heros, disease, diphtheria, non fiction, true story, bravery

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This book is a true story about the sled dog, Balto, who ran for 20 hours, 53 miles through snow to deliver medicine to the sick children of Nome. Because of Balto's heroism he ended up saving many children's lives and has a statue made after him in Central Park in NY.

This book could be good for readers of 2nd-4th grade because it is a very fun story with slightly more complicated wording than a 1st grader might read.

In my classroom, I would use this book to teach about heroes and how going the extra mile to turn in your best work is rarely fun. It's hard but it comes with great rewards (such as learning more, quicker).

This book is a non-fiction story told in a very engaging way. To me, it was much more engaging than a typical informational book. ( )
  Bcruz14 | Oct 10, 2016 |
I liked this book! First, the non-fiction text features are engaging, and helpful to readers. For example, the illustrator included a map of Alaska that included the names of the cities Balto had visited. Second, I liked the plot. The plot was engaging because it was a true story and allowed readers to really connect with Balto. For example, the author starts with, "This is a true story about a very brave dog." The main message of this story is to work hard, and never give up. ( )
  lducke3 | Apr 11, 2016 |
Illus. in full color.
  wichitafriendsschool | Mar 25, 2016 |
This book is based on the true story of Balto, who was a snow dog in Nome, Alaska. He helped bring medicine to the town of sick people in a huge storm. It's written in an understandable text
Ages: 4-7
Source: Pierce County Library
  MsKrystal | Oct 29, 2015 |
Non-Fiction: Easy Reader Chapter Book
Standiford, Natalie The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto. Illust. by Donald Cook. Random House, 1989. 48p. Primary/Intermediate
This is a true story about a brave dog named Balto and his owner Gunnar. In 1925, two children in Nome were stricken with diphtheria. They needed medicine but the train bringing it from Anchorage got stuck in the snow 700 miles away. A dog-team relay was set up with each team and driver taking a leg. Balto and Gunnar ended up running 53 miles to Nome because the team that was to replace them didn’t show up. The children and town were saved! Soft-muted pencil drawings accompany the easy-to-read narration. The theme of this heartwarming tale is bravery.
AK: Sled dogs, Nome
Activity: Ask children what they liked about the story. ( )
  LoriOrtega | Jun 8, 2015 |
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Recounts the life of Balto, the sled dog who saved Nome, Alaska in 1925 from a diphtheria epidemic by delivering medicine through a raging snowstorm.

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