Balto lives in Alaska, where sled dogs are important to man's survival. Balto was the lead dog of a sled team. This story is about his most important trip: trying to get medicine to a needy town.
Young readers will get wrapped up in the suspense of the story and the dog.
My daughter picked out this book at the library because of the title. She really enjoyed the excitement of the story of the dog teams racing to get medicine to the town. She liked it and wanted to read it again.
It was Okay, but not as good as some of the other nonfiction easy readers we've had this month. It is not the best book, but it had some interesting parts and would be good for a little boy to read or any child who likes dogs. I wasn’t sure she would even finish reading it but she stuck with it and even read it again on another day.
This is an nonfiction easy reader for kids who are developing reading fluency.
There are a lot of ways to use this story. You can talk about working dogs, geography and weather, as well as rural living, perseverence, and animal husbandry.
7 to 9
5 to 8
Read with a 5-year-old child.
Borrow. This would be a good choice for a school or local library. If your child loves dogs, this is a good story, but s/he will outgrow it.