Anna may be the smallest member of the dog team, but she’s surely the most determined. In this incredible true story, Anna is picked to join a thrilling, 2,500-mile expedition across the top of the world. When the lead dog becomes lost, it’s up to Anna to take his place. Will she have what is takes to ensure the survival of all? Arctic adventurer Pam Flowers shares Anna’s amazing story in classrooms and auditoriums all over North America. Children lean that even the smallest, seemingly the most powerless among us, are big enough to try their best.
|Publisher:||West Margin Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.08(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.15(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Pam shares her adventures with dogs in six noteworthy and award-winning books published by Alaska Northwest Books. She has spoken as a visiting author to more than 800,000 students at over 1450 schools across America, lectured at The Smithsonian, received the Gold Medal from the Society of Woman Geographers, and was named an "Outsider of the Year" by Outside Magazine. She has participated in nine arctic expeditions, successfully completed the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and appeared three times on THE MOTH international radio show.
Big-Enough Anna is based on the true story of the author, Pam Flowers, who was the first woman to cross the North American Arctic alone on a dogsled. Anna, was one of her lead sled dogs. Anna is the runt of the litter that Pam has hand-raised. What she lacks in size, she makes up in courage, heart, and loyalty. Anna is placed as the lead dog with a veteran lead dog, who wanders away, leaving little Anna to lead the team alone. Anna almost dies when she follows through the ice, but doesn't give up and finishes the trip with the rest of the team. The main theme in this book is that it doesn't matter how big you are, it matters how hard you try. Even if you're the smallest child, if you put your mind to it and try hard enough you will eventually reach your goal. It is a very good lesson book for small children. The illustrations have to be the best part of the book. They are all paintings and help convey the story. The blurriness of illustrations helps put you in the arctic, where snow can blur your vision. I would recommend this book to younger children, 5 and up. Some parts have more words than others, but the story is engaging enough to keep a younger child's attention. Plus it's about dogs, what more could a kid want?