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Racing the Iditarod Trail

Racing the Iditarod Trail

by Ruth Crisman

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Barbara Mitchell's Raggin' and America I Hear You, and Tom Streissguth's Say It With Music, are story-form biographies (there's a little dialogue) which make fine introductions to composers Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin, respectively, for intermediate grade readers. Part of the "Creative Minds Biographies" series1987, Carolrhoda, Ages 8 to 12, $19.93. Reviewer: Beverly Kobrin
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- The Alaskan Iditarod is touted as the ``last great race on earth'' among mushers everywhere. Crisman recounts its origins and its transformation into the strenuous, roughly 1,049-mile competition that has been held each year since 1973. In addition, she touches on the composition and training of a winning team, including the crucial factors in breeding and raising champion dogs. Unlike Ellen Dolan's Susan Butcher and the Iditarod Trail (Walker, 1993), this book does not give much background on the racers themselves. Instead, by focusing on the 1991 race, the author takes readers along on the suspenseful journey from start to finish, giving a feel for the terrain, rules, physical and mental demands, and unexpected reversals of fortune. A few anecdotes from earlier races plus many good-quality, full-color photos provide a lively and clear account of the challenging contest. Although not a large volume, the text has more information than Patricia Siebert's Mush! (Millbrook, 1992) and better organization and clarity than the Dolan title mentioned above. --Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library, WI

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Silver Burdett Press
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7.25(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.21(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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