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

by Natalie Standiford

Other authors: Donald Cook (Illustrator)

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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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The story of the heroic dog team that got desperately needed medicine from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, during a 1925 diphtheria epidemic. The writing is greatly simplified for beginning readers, but still engages adults with the gripping tale of a relay of dog sleds, nearly disastrous mishaps, a blizzard, and the final 53-mile run that Gunnar and his lead dog Balto accomplish. The story (although not this version) been made into a movie which is great for family viewing. ( )
  librisissimo | Mar 20, 2021 |
  OakGrove-KFA | Mar 29, 2020 |
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 |
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Natalie Standifordprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cook, DonaldIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jessell, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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