Togo (Dog Diaries Series #4)

Togo (Dog Diaries Series #4)

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by Kate Klimo, Tim Jessell
     
 

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Small, feisty Siberian husky Togo—the overlooked sled-dog hero of the 1925 serum run to Nome—sets the record straight in Dog Diaries #4! When a diptheria epidemic breaks out in isolated Nome, Alaska, in January 1925, the only way to get life-saving serum to the town is by using dog-sled relay teams. Twenty teams participate, and the dog who inevitably gets… See more details below

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Small, feisty Siberian husky Togo—the overlooked sled-dog hero of the 1925 serum run to Nome—sets the record straight in Dog Diaries #4! When a diptheria epidemic breaks out in isolated Nome, Alaska, in January 1925, the only way to get life-saving serum to the town is by using dog-sled relay teams. Twenty teams participate, and the dog who inevitably gets credit for saving the town is Balto, lead dog on the final team which delivered the serum. But few people have ever heard of 12-year-old Togo and his musher Leonard Seppala, who carried the serum for almost double the length of any other team, and twice violated warnings to avoid perilous Norton Sound and instead ran straight over the frozen ice! With realistic black-and-white illustrations by Tim Jessell—plus an appendix with information about Siberian huskies, sled dogs, mushers, and more—Togo's tale is perfect for middle-grade readers who love a spunky underdog!

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Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2013:
"An informative historical narrative with heart."
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-13
Affable sled dog Togo leads readers through his puppyhood, his racing career and "The Balto Business." Balto the sled dog became a household name after the Serum Run of 1925, in which medicine for a diphtheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska, was transported via dog sled. According to musher Leonhard Seppala, however, the true hero was Togo, who led Seppala's team much farther than Balto had done. Here, Togo narrates his life story in an accessible voice full of warmth and folksy idioms. In addition to Togo's time as a "furry-faced little brat" of a puppy, readers see him learn to lead a sled-dog team, race along the Sweepstakes Trail, deliver the famous serum and finally reach old age. Togo's point of view is believably doglike. He is touchingly loyal to Seppala, motivated to work hard and win races by his desire to please his musher. The dogs' communication with one another and with people is represented by italicized dialogue, but it is made reasonably clear that the "talking" happens in the language of barks and nips and howls. A substantial appendix gives information about Siberian huskies, the Iditarod and the historical facts behind Togo's tale. An informative historical narrative with heart. (appendix.) (Historical fiction. 8-12)
Children's Literature - Jennifer Greene
There may be a statue of Balto in Central Park, but not many people have heard of Togo, arguably the true hero of the Alaskan 1925 Serum Run, the real-life historical event inspiring the Iditarod race. In this fourth book in the “Dog Diaries” series. Togo the sled dog recounts his life from puppyhood to retirement. There are many facts perfectly integrated into the story, making it ideal for classroom use, as well as home reading. The narration feels natural and not forced around the historical depictions. There is something for everyone, from information about historical events to Alaskan climate and clothing, sled dogging, and the breed of Siberian Huskies. Togo’s life began as a sickly runt, but with a lot talent and heart he was able to win over his owner, the musher Seppala Leonhard. The book includes stories of Togo’s learning and participation in races. It then shows the Serum Run, during which Sepp, Togo, and the team help transfer medication inland to cure a diphtheria outbreak. While this event is certainly the most historically important and also cleverly integrates some of the lessons that Togo learned from earlier incidents in the book, the scene is almost anti-climactic. It reads less exciting than some of the other stories, for example when the team transports an injured man to the nearest hospital or when Togo must pull the sled from an iceberg to shore, saving the life of Sepp. Finally, the book depicts Togo’s tour in the United States and his retirement in Maine. The book also contains an excellent appendix with information about Siberian Huskies, Sepp and Togo, the Iditarod, and even photographs of the real Togo and Sepp. This book, excellent for both education and entertainment, is aimed at children ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Jennifer Greene; Ages 7 to 10.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385373357
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Series:
Dog Diaries Series, #4
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
145,862
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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