Balto: The dog who saved Nome – Margaret Davidson

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  • Age Range: 4 – 8
  • Grade Level: PreK – 3
  • Lexile Measure: 380L
  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590229079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590229074

EXCERPT from Goodreads:
This story is about a city in Alaska that was overtaken by an epidemic of diphtheria. The only way they would survive is if they got this specific medicine, but it was too icy and snowy for any transportation to take it, so they got dogs to take it over 600 miles. Leading the team was the strongest dog- Balto. Balto got them all the way to Nome to deliver the medicine.
I loved this book just because I absolutely love dogs more than anything in the world.
This would be great to read with students to show them the significance of that kind of illness.

Rationale  for Inclusion:
This book shares the popular story of Balto, the husky whose strength and determination saves a town in Alaska. This book touches on important and timely topics like medicine, conservation, meteorology and geography.

Bonus: Learn more about Balto here.


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