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Balto and the Great Race (Totally True Adventures) (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Cody Kimmel , Nora Koerber
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book 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


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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 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 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

paper 0-679-89198-6 This Stepping Stone entry takes on the story of Balto, which, in its facts, is thrilling: a Siberian husky becomes lead dog on his team and tracks through a raging blizzard to bring desperately needed antitoxin serum to Nome in 1925. Kimmel (Ice Story, p. 66, etc.) explains how dangerous diphtheria was at the time, how isolated Nome was, and how severe the weather condition, but the telling is often mired in awkward metaphors and repetition. Emily Morgan, the nurse who worked beside Dr. Curtis Welch in Nome, isn't mentioned until halfway through the book. Anthropomorphic analysis of Balto's ``feelings'' and ``thoughts'' are included, detracting from the tale for all but the most fanatical of dog-lovers. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Nonfiction, ages 8-11) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • File Size: 954 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 2, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002NEOK4S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A teacher in PA May 2, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book if you are interested in the Iditarod race in Alaska.The book helps young children understand the importance of perserverence and is a great introduction to history for the very young (6-8).A true story that inspires people to understand the bond between animals and people.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balto: not just for kids January 26, 2002
Format:Paperback
We purchased this book after seeing the real Balto (courtesy of the art of taxidermy) at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Our quest in Northeast Ohio, where Balto enjoyed his senior years, was prompted by my seven year-old daughter's love-affair with the animated film about this dog, who navigated a lost sled team carrying life-saving medicine through Alaska in 1925. I hereby confess publicly that, after myself reading the book, which is aimed at the 9 year-old set, I cried, much as I had done 35 years before after reading "Lassie Come Home." This account, however, is much more compelling than "Lassie" or "Old Yeller," because it entirely factual (possibly excepting the subjective thoughts imputed to the protagonist).
The author did her homework researching this story about a sled dog who was just one of the pack facing poor odds against daunting weather and unrequiting expanses of blinding snow and ice. When the alpha dog loses the trail, and another refuses to lead, the team turns to Balto to bring them and their cargo safely to rest in Nome.
Perhaps Balto deserves an authentic, grown-up biography, but this one will serve in the meantime. It appears to be the definitive account.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for introducing the Iditarod to children April 1, 2005
Format:Paperback
If you love the Iditarod and you want your children (or children you're fond of) to be introduced to this great race, the story of Balto and the Great Race by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel is a good place to start, beginning with the cover illustration by Nora Köerber. This book is a Stepping Stones chapter book with black and white illustrations throughout.

At the beginning of the book is a map of Alaska showing the Iditarod railroad and dogsled trail, along with some illustrations depicting the basic story of this great race against time to get much-needed diphtheria serum to Nome in 1925.

Balto is a Siberian husky born to run, and to lead. He guided his musher, Gunnar Kaasen, into Nome on the final leg of the journey, when only this magnificent dog could sense the way through a terrible, deadly blizzard with no trail to follow and wind at such strength it tossed Kaasen and dogsled into the air, almost losing their precious cargo. A short time before this near disaster, Balto saved the team from going through the ice to certain death. His instincts were in the realm of the supernatural and his devotion to the task at hand human in awareness.

It states on the back cover that this book is for children in grades 1-3. As the Cleveland Museum of Natural History states on the same back cover, "Balto's story is one of courage, cooperation and inspiration, and personal sacrifice for the greater good."

Carolyn Rowe Hill
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! April 30, 2005
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
Just so you'd know, this book is not denouncing Togo. It is merely telling Balto's side of the story. And it is a courageous one taht deserves to be well-known. There.

One day, a serious diptheria epidemic breaks out in Nome. Sled dogs are selected to deliver serum to the town before time runs out. Will they succeed?

This compelling book tells the story of Balto's brave and graet contribution to this race (he never tried to claim all the credit!), and I would recommend it even to Leonhard Seppala, so he would stop despising Balto, but sadly, he is now dead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The blair family Balto review February 26, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
By Rowan, age 6

We really enjoyed this book! I hope you do too, and we've learned dog sled teams really can be strong.

By Anastasia, age 5

We didn't just like this story, we loved this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calvin from Lake Tapps says, "Awesome book!" March 18, 2011
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
What would it take to ride behind 16 dogs, 30 degrees below zero, for about 1,180 miles? Leonhard Seppala and many other mushers and dog teams traveled many miles to get the serum medicine to the city of Nome before too many people get sick and die! Elizabeth Cody Kimmel wrote this amazing book, with 112 pages, called Balto and the Great Race. Will the mushers make it in time before too many people get sick? Keep reading my review and you will find out!
Balto is a dog that is part husky and part wolf. He was part of a dog sled team that traveled through heavy blizzards to get medicine to people in Nome, Alaska who were badly sick. After the lead dog sat down in the blizzard and the dogs lost the trail, Balto took over as lead dog. Balto was able to overcome sudden obstacles by himself, even when Leonhard Seppala, the sled dog musher, could not give commands through the windy and heavy weather. He needed a good dog up front! Balto's sense of trail allowed him to lead the team safely!
My favorite part of the book is when Balto and Leonhard get stuck in a blizzard and the lead dog sat down because of the terrible weather. The storm was so strong the lead dog didn't know where to go. Leonhard decided to put Balto up front. Balto burst out into the blizzard before a blink of an eye! Even though they were facing the blizzard, Balto chose to be a trooper and power through the storm, no matter what conditions they were in! I like this because Balto was able to overcome a difficult situation and be a leader when his team needed him most of all.
The most important thing I learned from this book is probably how important team work is. In this story the musher had to pay attention to the dogs no matter what. If he didn't, he wouldn't know if they were tired, hungry or thirsty.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars true story, well-written
I enjoyed the book but not as much as "The Cruelest Miles". However, this book is very suitable for children. True story.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Baltimore and the great race
Alto was a very good dog he saved Nome and.worked with his team to do it.I liked this book because l love adventures.I do not dislike.this book.
Published 2 months ago by Amy Drought
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Should read this one along with The Cruelest Miles.
Published 4 months ago by Antonia I. Epstein
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good
Published 4 months ago by Cindy C
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 yr old g'son loved it.
Although there was some words that he was unfamiliar with he loved the story. Highly recommend this book for young and older readers too..
Published 6 months ago by Irish Eyes
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this for my 8 yr. old son
My son loved this book and it was an easy read for him. He said, "...it was adventurous, fun and exciting!"
Published 8 months ago by Michelle Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect reading for to 7 & 8 yr olds
I take my Therapy dog "Brandy" to Puppy Pals at a local school. Kindergarten through 2nd or 3rd grade children read to all our dogs one on one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Betty Shops
3.0 out of 5 stars Balto and the Great Race
It was very educational and interesting but it's one of those books were you get bored after one chapter. It wasn't exciting enough! Read more
Published 9 months ago by kebuwei 123
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Read it to my 7 and 4 year old. They loved it. We read it over 3 nights. Short and sweet.
Published 9 months ago by Sat_customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
It was a disappointment after reading her first book "Legend of the Ghost Dog". I found myself becoming bored with the plot
half way through.
Published 11 months ago by christopehr
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Elizabeth Kimmel Willard, the pen name for Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, is a lifetime Little House enthusiast. She is the author of many books for children, including the Lily B. series. She lives in Cold Spring, New York, with her husband and their daughter.

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