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Posted May 22, 2010
A TRUE Story, Though It Is Sad The Balto Gets The Glory He Doesn't Deserve!!!
Finally, the truth come out! Balto may get the glory for running the last 53 miles into Nome, but Togo and his team pulled over 350 miles when a member from the serum run dropped out. There should be a statue for Togo, not Balto in New York! Beautiful illustrations, almost makes you cry!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2006
I read this review i almost cried i think all of these dogs should be credited for this amazing adventer that took place many years ago. If it weren't for any of them nobody would of made it thourgh that. So I think they should put up another statue decatieding it to all of those four legged heros they deserive most of all they worked long thourgh and risked their lives for some one elses sincerly Dsingingdevi@msn.comWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 11, 2005
A story full of heroes
Robert Blake does his homework, writes a beautiful story and even paints the illustrations in this beautiful children's book. Togo is a heart-rending story about the Siberian husky some folks believe was given short shrift after the Great Serum Race of 1925. Togo, his handler, Leonhard Seppala, and his team of brave sled dogs ran a total of 260 miles, farther than any team of dogs during the dramatic race against time to get diphtheria vaccine to Nome in January, 1925. The book includes a map of the trail that begins in Anchorage where the serum is loaded onto a train and taken to the end of the line in Nenana. There the dogsleds take over. Seppala and his team leave Nome headed for Nulato, 300 miles from Nome, where they are to pick up the serum and take it back to Nome. They race through a raging winter storm for three days. On the fourth day, they almost miss the musher they're to meet because Seppala can't see or hear in the storm. However, Togo's ears shoot up, and Seppala finally hears the other musher's voice. Another team ends up taking the serum the last leg to Nome, and this is where the controversy begins. The other musher, Gunnar Kaasen, and his dog, Balto, owned and trained by Seppala, made the final leg of the journey, also with much difficulty. A hero's welcome awaited them in Nome, and Kaasen's and Balto's names became well known around the world. Togo gave his all to get the serum to Nome, and never raced again. Balto spent his last days at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, along with his sled mates, and a statue of him was erected in New York's Central Park. However one views the days after the race, it was nothing short of a miracle that the dogs and mushers of the great serum race covered the same distance in five days that it took the U.S. mail system 30 days to cover, and did so in the most horrendous weather conditions imaginable. Carolyn Rowe HillWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 5, 2003
This book could be bought just for the illustrations. They are beautiful and haunting. The story is also very good. It very much gives a sense of the cold and struggle the man and sled dogs went through.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 9, 2003
If you want the "true" story behind the Serum Race, THIS IS IT!
I personally knew Leonhard Seppala when I was in 5th grade in Seattle, around 1960. The Seppala's had retired to Seattle and lived in my neighborhood. At the time I didn't fully appreciate the feats that Leonhard had accomplished, but I would stop after school to visit him and to hear tales about Togo. I can still remember to this day how saddened he was that Balto had gotten the glory in the serum race, recognition that truly deserved to go to his remarkable lead dog Togo. This book is beautifully illustrated and expertly written. It is clear that Robert J. Blake has fully researched the subject. As I read his book I felt it was very true to the story as it had been told to me by Leonhard, himself. In recent years Balto has emerged in book and video as a hero. Leonhard Seppala considered Balto a scrub freight dog and would have been sickened to see this. I am thrilled that Robert J. Blake has at last done justice to the true heroes of the Great Serum Race - Leonhard and Togo. Thank you Mr. Blake, may Leonhard and Togo now rest in peace.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.