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

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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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Overview

Illus. in full color.

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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"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
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Balto, a sled dog, and his team traverse 53 miles of ice and snow in the Alaskan wilderness to deliver medicine in this 48-page beginning reader by Natalie Standiford (Random, 1989). Donald Cook's full-color illustrations are expressive, and John Gabriel's narration is slow enough for students to follow along. Music and sound effects add to the overall appeal of this story that is based on an actual event. One track has page-turn signals. Ideal for classroom listening or independent reading.-Leigh Ann Rumsey, Penn Yan Academy, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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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: 55,035
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    NOT a true story

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2010

    Good for assisted reading

    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.

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

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    Great True Story

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2005

    Fast balto.

    Balto is a brave dog who has to get medicine for sick children. We like this story because dogs are our favorite animals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2001

    The Bravest Dog Ever in that Town

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2000

    The True Story of Balto

    I like the book: The true story of Balto¿ because of the very smart dog Balto. He saved medicine and a dogsled team.

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