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Balto and the Great Race First Edition
Contributor(s): Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody, Köerber, Nora (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0679891986     ISBN-13: 9780679891987
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: December 1999
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Annotation: Balto has a quiet life as a sled dog--until tragedy strikes. Dozens of children in Nome become sick with diphtheria. Without antitoxin serum, they will perish--and the closest supply is 650 miles away! The only way to get the serum to Nome is by sled, but can the dogs deliver it in time? Heading bravely into a brutal blizzard, Balto leads the race for life.
A Kansas City Children's Book Award for Grades 1-3

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Balto (Dog); Juvenile literature.
Sled dogs; Alaska; Nome; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Diphtheria; Alaska; Nome; Prevention; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Dogs
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | Polar Regions
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Health & Daily Living | Diseases
Dewey: 636.73
LCCN: 98035753
Lexile Measure: 870
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Stepping Stone Book
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.25" W x 0.25" (0.18 lbs) 99 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 31070
Reading Level: 6.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 2.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q19833
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 3.0
 
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Publisher Description:
Balto has a quiet life as a sled dog-- until tragedy strikes. Dozens of children in Nome become sick with diphtheria. Without antitoxin serum, they will perish-- and the closest supply is 650 miles away The only way to get the serum to Nome is by sled, but can the dogs deliver it in time? Heading bravely into a brutal blizzard, Balto leads the race for life.
A Kansas City Children' s Book Award for Grades 1- 3

Contributor Bio(s): Elizabeth Cody Kimmel lives with her family in Cold Spring, New York. She is the author of Balto and the Great Race, Before Columbus: The Leif Eriksson Expedition, and As Far as the Eye Can Reach.

Nora Köerber is a children’s book illustrator whose credits include Balto and the Great Race and Sacagawea: The Journey to the West. She lives in Pasadena, California, with her illustrator husband, Robert Rodriguez, and her two children. Köerber loves animals and has two cats and one dog.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2000 Fall)
In 1925, the children of Nome, Alaska, were saved from a diphtheria epidemic thanks to the heroic efforts of a sled dog whose team delivered a supply of antitoxin serum. Thoughts and memories attributed to the dog mar the story, but readers will relish this chapter book's account of Balto's hazardous journey and the story of what happened to him after he became a national hero. Copyright 2000 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2000 March)
Gr 3-5-Kimmel presents the legendary story of the part-husky/part-wolf sled dog that braved severe blizzard conditions to take antitoxin serum to a remote Alaskan village in 1925. When the town was stricken by a diphtheria epidemic, Balto overcame unbelievable obstacles to accomplish what other dogs could not. This heroic canine has been immortalized in statue, film, and now in a book that brings his story to life. Kimmel's writing deftly combines geography, sled racing, and historical background with the gripping adventure of Balto's race to save lives. In many ways, the book reads like fast-paced fiction. Koerber's service- able black-and-white illustrations appear throughout and reflect the action. Sure to appeal to beginning chapter-book readers.-Christy Norris Blanchette, Valley Cottage Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
 
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