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THE BRAVEST DOG EVER; THE TRUE STORY OF BALTO (Step Into Reading)

Author: Natalie Standiford

Illustrator: Donald Cook

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Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers, ©2009

Material: paperback

Summary: 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. This is an nonfiction easy reader for kids who are developing reading fluency.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: 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.

Adult Reader Reaction: 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.

Pros: Young readers will get wrapped up in the suspense of the story and the dog.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: 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.

If You Liked This Book, Try: KALI LEADS THE WAY   ONE INCREDIBLE DOG! KIZZY   ONE INCREDIBLE DOG! LADY

Educational Themes: 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.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - animal stories, biography, easy reader

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2009

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