The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step-Into-Reading)

by Natalie Standiford

Other authorsDonald Cook (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1989



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Random House (1989), Paperback, 48 pages


Recounts the life of Balto, the sled dog who saved Nome, Alaska in 1925 from a diphtheria epidemic by delivering medicine through a raging snowstorm.


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48 p.; 9.02 inches


0679880291 / 9780679880295





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LibraryThing member Cottonwood.School
Recounts the life of Balto, the sled dog who saved Nome, Alaska in 1925 from a diphtheria epidemic by delivering medicine through a raging snowstorm.
LibraryThing member egodwin07
This book is a great example of a legend, because the story of the heroic dog, Balto, has been told for centuries. The story is very relatable, because readers are easily captured in the fast paced nature of a dog leading the way to save a life.

Age Appropriateness: Intermediate

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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
When two children in Nome get Diptheria, they have to get medicine quickly or they will die and half the town will catch it, but the trains can’t get there from Anchorage. Many teams of sled dogs begin a relay to get the medicine from where it is stuck on a train to Nome, but it is Balto’s team that does the work of two teams, driving non-stop for twenty hours.… (more)
LibraryThing member tshrum06
I think this is a biography, but sort of an unconventional one? It isn't about a person but it is about a dog whose life was significant and whose actions helped a lot of people in Alaska. So it seems like a good example of a biography in that it's accurate and relevant and important, but maybe not so much because it's about a dog.
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LibraryThing member bekahhynes
This story is a biography because it is a true account of Balto's life. To be used in an intermediate classroom.
LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
Illus. in full color.
LibraryThing member librisissimo
The story of the heroic dog team that got desperately needed medicine from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, during a 1925 diphtheria epidemic. The writing is greatly simplified for beginning readers, but still engages adults with the gripping tale of a relay of dog sleds, nearly disastrous mishaps, a blizzard, and the final 53-mile run that Gunnar and his lead dog Balto accomplish. The story (although not this version) been made into a movie which is great for family viewing.… (more)
LibraryThing member LoriOrtega
Non-Fiction: Easy Reader Chapter Book
Standiford, Natalie The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto. Illust. by Donald Cook. Random House, 1989. 48p. Primary/Intermediate
This is a true story about a brave dog named Balto and his owner Gunnar. In 1925, two children in Nome were stricken with diphtheria. They needed medicine but the train bringing it from Anchorage got stuck in the snow 700 miles away. A dog-team relay was set up with each team and driver taking a leg. Balto and Gunnar ended up running 53 miles to Nome because the team that was to replace them didn’t show up. The children and town were saved! Soft-muted pencil drawings accompany the easy-to-read narration. The theme of this heartwarming tale is bravery.
AK: Sled dogs, Nome
Activity: Ask children what they liked about the story.
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