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The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 3 Book)

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by Natalie Standiford
     
 

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It is one of the worst storms ever - the snow has not stopped for days and it is 30 degrees below zero. But somehow Balto must get through. He is the lead dog of his sled team. And he is carrying medicine to sick children miles away in Nome, Alaska. He is their only hope. Can Balto find his way through the terrible storm? Find out in this exciting true story!

Overview

It is one of the worst storms ever - the snow has not stopped for days and it is 30 degrees below zero. But somehow Balto must get through. He is the lead dog of his sled team. And he is carrying medicine to sick children miles away in Nome, Alaska. He is their only hope. Can Balto find his way through the terrible storm? Find out in this exciting true story!

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"A compelling account, told in easy-to-read format, of a sled dog who led his team over 53 miles of Alaska wilderness to deliver medicine during an outbreak of diphtheria in 1925. Cook's softly colored illustrations enhance the drama of a proud and heroic story that young readers are sure to enjoy."—School Library Journal.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In 1925 Nome was threatened by a diphtheria epidemic. The medicine was hundred of miles away in Anchorage and the winter weather made airplane and train travel impossible. To solve the problem, the people of Alaska participated in a sled dog relay with twenty teams. In the next to the last leg, a man named Gunnar and his lead dog Balto took over. They ran through a blizzard, and avoided cracked ice, but when they reached the next to last stop, the relief dog sled team was not there. Exhausted they continued to Nome and delivered the medicine. An exciting "Step Into Reading Book - Level 2". 1996 (orig.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
In 1925 Nome was threatened by a diphtheria epidemic. The medicine was hundred of miles away in Anchorage and the winter weather made airplane and train travel impossible. To solve the problem, the people of Alaska participated in a sled dog relay with twenty teams. In the next to the last leg, a man named Gunnar and his lead dog Balto took over. They ran through a blizzard, and avoided cracked ice, but when they reached the next to last stop, the relief dog sled team was not there. Exhausted they continued to Nome and delivered the medicine. An exciting "Step Into Reading Book - Level 2". 1996 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- A compelling account, told in easy-to-read format, of Balto, a sled dog who led his team through snow and ice over 53 miles of northern Alaska wilderness to deliver some medicine. The story is based on an actual event that occurred in 1925 during an outbreak of diptheria, when the closest medicine was 800 miles away in Anchorage. When the train bearing the important cargo became buried in the snow still 700 miles from its destination, a dog sled relay was used. Cook's softly colored illustrations are expressive and enhance the drama of the story--a proud and heroic story that young readers are sure to enjoy. --Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, IA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394896953
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/28/1989
Series:
Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 3 Book
Edition description:
Step 3 Book - Grade 1-3
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
37,376
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
330L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 3 Book) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Huskies4Lifes More than 1 year ago
Balto gets way too much credit, and this book is no exception. It claims to be a true story, but I know a thing or two about sled dogs and the time when diphtheria struck Nome. Here's what really happened: A dog named Togo was the real hero. He was the lead dog on the team that had to do twice as much work when the next person in the relay dropped out. He ran a total of 350 miles straight through the storms and across the treacherous ice. Close to where they would trade off the medicine to the final team, Balto's, the who sled team besides Togo and the musher were too tired to work anymore. Their eyelids froze, ice cut their paws, and they were exhausted. But Togo and the musher dropped the dogs off at a nearby home and Togo pulled the sled and the musher helped by going and running with the empty harnesses in his hand. Balto and his team ran the final 53 miles to Nome and got all of the glory, while Togo could never run again afterward. Balto should have some glory, but it is Togo who deserves at least 98 percent of it. Talk about bravery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandson loves the story of Balto and he has read the book to me several times already. We discuss the characters and their interaction with each other and he has asked a lot of questions about the issues that brought about the whole story of Balto and Alaska.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Balto is a brave dog who has to get medicine for sick children. We like this story because dogs are our favorite animals.
LauraMHartman More than 1 year ago
The true story of Balto, The Greatest Dog Ever has every element needed to keep children interested and entertained. Beginning readers will find this bit of history full of adventure. In Alaska during the 1925 blizzard, sled dogs are the only mode of transportation with a remote chance of getting the vaccine for an outbreak of diphtheria from Anchorage to Nome.  The details regarding the care of sled dogs will interest readers. The danger of the elements and difficulty of the trip adds suspense. The ending is satisfying as Standiford shows how Balto saved day as well as how he is remembered with a statue of him in New York's Central Park.
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Angelina25 More than 1 year ago
My 6 year old daughter LOVES this book. We have read it many times and she loves the movie as well. It's a story about a team of sled dogs, lead by Balto that deliver medicine to a snowy town during a storm. It is a very heartwarming and courageous story. Balto saves his girlfriend's owner, a little girl, and the rest of the infected in this town. It is a true story and there is actually a statue of Balto in Central Park which endears my daughter to the story more since we live in NYC. It is suitable for 6 and up, and my daughter who is an excellent reader can read it on her own. However, we prefer reading it together. Wonderful first chapter book for starting readers. Good for a boy or girl.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the story because my favorite part was when Balto saved the town. Then, they made a statue of him in the Central Park.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the book: The true story of Balto¿ because of the very smart dog Balto. He saved medicine and a dogsled team.