Mush! The Sled Dogs of the Iditarod

Mush! The Sled Dogs of the Iditarod

by Joe Funk
     
 

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Sled dogs are a very popular topic among children, and in Spring 2013 the Iditarod will be celebrating its 40th anniversary!

The Iditarod has been called the "Last Great Race on Earth." Spanning over 1,150 miles of the roughest terrain in the world, this race crosses jagged mountain ranges, frozen rivers, forest, tundra, and miles of windswept coast. Add to that

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Sled dogs are a very popular topic among children, and in Spring 2013 the Iditarod will be celebrating its 40th anniversary!

The Iditarod has been called the "Last Great Race on Earth." Spanning over 1,150 miles of the roughest terrain in the world, this race crosses jagged mountain ranges, frozen rivers, forest, tundra, and miles of windswept coast. Add to that the below-zero temperatures, winds that cause complete loss of visibility, long hours of darkness, treacherous climbs, and you know this nickname is no joke.
A race this rugged would not even be possible for the human competitors (or "mushers") without their sled dogs! With between 12 to 15 per team and over 50 teams competing, there are nearly 750 dogs that compete in this race every year. Doggy-lovers and children everywhere will love to learn about these dogs and just how exactly they manage to compete in this grueling race. MUSH! will teach young readers about the Iditarod, the mushers, and the dogs whose history dates back to the famous Balto. Full-color photos will be used throughout to complement the informative text.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
The Iditarod, “The Last Great Race on Earth” covers almost a thousand miles of rough terrain in sub-zero temperatures. The race depends on the courage and stamina of specially bred sled dogs. The first two chapters feature the Seavey family with three generations of mushers and their dogs. When Dallas Seavey became the winner of the 2012 Iditarod, he had just celebrated his twenty-fifth birthday and was the youngest person to ever achieve this status. The race began with sixty-six teams. Seavey’s progress from start to finish is described in some detail. The third chapter discusses the history and breeding of sled dogs. The development of the sleds and other equipment are described next. Some of the most famous sled dogs and their handlers are featured in the fifth chapter. The last two pages, entitled “Mush! Trivia,” offer a quiz based on information in the book. The colorful photographs show the people, dogs, and events discussed in the text. Readers with an interest in Alaska and/or dogs will enjoy this book. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.; Ages 8 to 12.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545494786
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
1140L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Joe Funk is the President and Content Director of Mojo Media. He resides in Chicago, Illinois.

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