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Racing Sled Dogs: An Original North American Sport
     

Racing Sled Dogs: An Original North American Sport

by Michael Cooper
 
Provides a lively history of sled-dog racing from its humble beginnings to the present. "Surveys the historical development of this sport of canine athletes and its present day popularity with amateurs and professionals throughout Alaska, Canada, and the northern states." -- Booklist

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Provides a lively history of sled-dog racing from its humble beginnings to the present. "Surveys the historical development of this sport of canine athletes and its present day popularity with amateurs and professionals throughout Alaska, Canada, and the northern states." -- Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The Iditarod Trail was an important supply route into northwestern Alaska, but it didn't become well known in the lower forty-eight until the famous trek to provide diphtheria serum to the residents of Nome in 1925. Michael Copper does an excellent job presenting the history of the sport and highlighting contemporary races, dog training, and glimpses into the races of several famous winners. He also weaves in a bit of Alaskan history. An informative and interesting book illustrated with black-and-white photographs.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
This book offers insights into what makes good sled dogs. Mr. Cooper begins with the breathtaking chronicle of Libby Riddle's winning 1985 race and continues with the dogs' history and details of their training.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- The history of sled dog racing in North America, the dog-training required for the sport, and the various breeds that are used for racing. The opening gives a feel for the sport as it focuses on the 1983 Iditarod, the famous 1100-mile Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, race that was won by a woman for the first time that year. Surprisingly clear black-and-white historical photos are interspersed with contemporary ones that show the dogs and people in action. The focus is limited to racing, and even then there are some gaps. For example, details on the types of sleds used, hitches other than the seven or eight dog gang hitch, and the commands and strategies for racing are not given. A broader look can be found in Brigid Casey and Wendy Haugh's Sled Dogs (Dodd, 1983; o.p.), which covers breeds (including the Samoyed, not mentioned in Cooper's book), and racing in addition to other duties of sled dogs, both past and present. --Susan Schuller, Milwaukee Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899194998
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/01/1988
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.36(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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