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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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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 |
This book has earned its way into being called a classic of children's early readers. Still in print after more than twenty years, it's a story that will never age. Briefly telling the true story of a sled dog relay that travelled from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska to save the people of Nome from an outbreak of diphtheria in 1925. The story plays on the emotions by focusing on a family with two sick children and then telling the story of Balto, the lead dog of the last team which made heroic strides through a blizzard to go further than any other team to make to Nome just in time to save lives. An exciting story with cute illustrations of the dogs showing them with a slight puppy look that is sure to delight dog lovers and impress readers with the fact that this really happened. I have an old original copy of the book which is labeled Step 2, however the book now is published as part of the Step 3 line. ( )
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  BRCSBooks | Oct 24, 2012 |
This story is a biography because it is a true account of Balto's life. To be used in an intermediate classroom. ( )
  bekahhynes | Sep 14, 2009 |
I think this is a biography, but sort of an unconventional one? It isn't about a person but it is about a dog whose life was significant and whose actions helped a lot of people in Alaska. So it seems like a good example of a biography in that it's accurate and relevant and important, but maybe not so much because it's about a dog.
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  tshrum06 | Feb 4, 2009 |
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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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