Alaska’s Dog Heroes: True Stories of Remarkable Canines
Alaska is the place that epitomizes the wild frontier, the last untamed territory in our country. And when people think of Alaska, they often think of dog sledding. Since dogs are such an important part of life in Alaska, a book about some famous dogs from that state is sure to be an interesting one. The stories of nineteen dogs that did amazing, extraordinary, or simply interesting things are included. Balto is probably the most famous Alaskan dog, with good reason. He is the small but mighty sled dog that led the team through a blinding blizzard on the last leg of a relay to successfully deliver life-saving serum to Nome during a diphtheria epidemic in 1925. During the 1890s Gold Rush, a miner had to take a year’s worth of supplies and food into the Klondike to be allowed in. They couldn’t have done it without Julian, a yellow mastiff that carried many, many loads over the steep Chilkoot Trail.
Author Shelly Gill was one of the first women to complete the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, so she has the credentials to write this book. The icing on the cake, though, is the beautiful, life-like illustrations by Robin James.
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