Iditarod: The Great Race to Nome

Iditarod: The Great Race to Nome

by Bill Sherwonit
     
 

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Men. And women. Dogs. The thrill of extreme adventure... the agony of extreme defeat. These are the elements that make up the famous annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome. Now, just in time for the Iditarod's 30th anniversary, comes this new edition of one of the best-selling books on 'the Big Trail.' Sherwonit recounts the history and past three

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Men. And women. Dogs. The thrill of extreme adventure... the agony of extreme defeat. These are the elements that make up the famous annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome. Now, just in time for the Iditarod's 30th anniversary, comes this new edition of one of the best-selling books on 'the Big Trail.' Sherwonit recounts the history and past three decades of the Iditarod and looks forward to its promising future, while photographer Jeff Schultz provides thrilling new photos, from the arctic landscape to the competitors and the dogs they rely on.

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Library Journal
The annual (since 1973) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a grueling 1100 miles from Anchorage to Nome, is probably the best-known Alaskan sporting event. This profusely illustrated (80 color, 20 black-and-white photos) volume commemorates this grueling test of dogs and drivers. The short text gives a brief history of the Iditarod Trail, famous for the 1925 diphtheria serum run to Nome, and then describes the race route with highlights of the hazards facing participants and some of the exciting race finishes. This book is for browsing, sports, Arctic, and women's studies (the Iditarod is one event where women compete on equal terms with men) collections in public libraries. --J.F. Husband, Framingham State Coll., Mass.
School Library Journal
(YA) --Two titles that offer background and a behind-the-scenes look at the well-known sled dog race. The oversized Heacox book features glorious photographs and minimal text. Sherwonit traces the evolution of Alaskan dog racing beginning in the early 1900s. The full-color and historical photographs enhance the textual description of the history and actual running of the race. Both books present musher comments about strategy, their dogs, and the physical strain to create a you-are-there feeling. If a choice must be made, go for the Sherwonit as it has more information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570612916
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Publication date:
01/08/2002
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
892,707
Product dimensions:
9.87(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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