Snow Dogs: Racers of the North by Ian Whitelaw

by Debbie Gonzales on January 13, 2012

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Winning, much less surviving, sled racing in Alaska’s icy cold solely depends on the integrity of the team of snow dogs. This special breed of canine is bred for endurance, dependability, and fortitude unlike no other. Ian Whitelaw’s Snow Dogs: Racers of the North invites the reader into the fascinating world of dog sledding and celebrates the animal that makes the sport possible.

To enrich the child’s reading experience, we have found a number of on-line resources guaranteed to bring the sport to life! Iditarod.com hosts the sport’s official site, which is brimming with videos, facts, and history…a site any young musher would love to see. The Iditarod Trail Committee hosts an educational site loaded with cross-curricular activities such as Reader’s Theaters, quilt making, science experiments, and art lessons for starters. And Scholastic.com hosts a site featuring a charming video about a young woman who ran the historic Serum Run. We, at ReaderKidZ, find the latter endearing as it illustrates the loving bond of a dog sled racer and her team in a practical, heart-felt way.

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Jeanette Larson January 13, 2012 at 6:18 am

Another really good book is The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy. I reviewed it for Parentwise Austin, http://www.parentwiseaustin.com/BookReview/Incredible-Life-Balto. Many kids only know Balto from the animated movie. In addition to telling the story of the Iditarod, we learn of Balto’s fate after his fame ebbed. Children played a big part in raising money to give him the cushy life he deserved.

Dianne January 13, 2012 at 6:28 am

Thanks for the links, Jeanette!! There’s also a ReaderKidZ review in the Book Room HERE.

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