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From the Publisher"Gill keeps to the Alaskan theme of several of her previous picture books as she tells the stories of 19 dogs with ties to the 49th state. Some are loyal companions and protectors, while others are trained service and rescue dogs; historical events and figures are woven into the short narratives. While exploring Glacier Bay, John Muir and his crew were accompanied by an eager and adventure-loving dog named Stickeen (after the Stickeen tribe); another dog, King David, was named the National Dog Hero of the Year for rescuing a six-year-old who became lost in the snow in 1986. James’s handsome artwork captures the individuality of each dog as Gill describes the animals and their contributions to Alaskan history in crisp, clean prose."
"Nineteen famous dogs from Alaska are introduced through short profiles in this illustrated look at some courageous canines. The most well-known dogs profiled are Balto and Togo, both leaders of dog-sled teams. The two dogs participated in the famous rescue operation in 1925 that brought serum from Anchorage to Nome to treat a diphtheria outbreak. Tramp and Red were a pair of sled dogs in the 1950s who protected their owners from an attacking bear. Other profiled dogs of the past include a bull terrier that was a pet of the entire town of Juneau and a dog that traveled with the naturalist John Muir in 1880. Modern canine profiles include several exemplary sled dogs and two heroic German shepherds. ...Attractive, full-page illustrations of the dogs are the book’s best feature, with several of the canines running or leaping through the air in rescue mode."
"Dogs really are a person’s best friend in Alaska. These true canine stories from the last frontier describe remarkable acts of intelligence, stamina, loyalty, and heroism by Balto, Togo, Tekla, Stickeen, and more of Alaska’s famous dogs. From traversing mountains in winter with deliveries of life-saving medicine to fighting off bears and finding lost children, each beautifully illustrated and exciting story comes from the pages of Alaska’s history. Dog lovers, Alaska tourists, fans of the Iditarod Dogsled Race, school teachers, and librarians will enjoy these true stories of Alaska’s canine heroes."