The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 3 Book)

The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 3 Book)

by Natalie Standiford, Donald Cook

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It is one of the worst storms ever - the snow has not stopped for days and it is 30 degrees below zero. But somehow Balto must get through. He is the lead dog of his sled team. And he is carrying medicine to sick children miles away in Nome, Alaska. He is their only hope. Can Balto find his way through the terrible storm? Find out in this exciting true story!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307978868
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/24/2014
Series: Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 3 Book
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 495,756
Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
File size: 51 MB
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Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Natalie Standiford was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, but now lives in New York City. She plays bass in the rock bands Tiger Beat (featuring fellow YA writers Libba Bray, Dan Ehrenhaft, and Barney Miller) and Ruffian. Find out more at her web site:

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The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 3 Book) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Huskies4Lifes More than 1 year ago
Balto gets way too much credit, and this book is no exception. It claims to be a true story, but I know a thing or two about sled dogs and the time when diphtheria struck Nome. Here's what really happened: A dog named Togo was the real hero. He was the lead dog on the team that had to do twice as much work when the next person in the relay dropped out. He ran a total of 350 miles straight through the storms and across the treacherous ice. Close to where they would trade off the medicine to the final team, Balto's, the who sled team besides Togo and the musher were too tired to work anymore. Their eyelids froze, ice cut their paws, and they were exhausted. But Togo and the musher dropped the dogs off at a nearby home and Togo pulled the sled and the musher helped by going and running with the empty harnesses in his hand. Balto and his team ran the final 53 miles to Nome and got all of the glory, while Togo could never run again afterward. Balto should have some glory, but it is Togo who deserves at least 98 percent of it. Talk about bravery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandson loves the story of Balto and he has read the book to me several times already. We discuss the characters and their interaction with each other and he has asked a lot of questions about the issues that brought about the whole story of Balto and Alaska.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Balto is a brave dog who has to get medicine for sick children. We like this story because dogs are our favorite animals.
tshrum06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this is a biography, but sort of an unconventional one? It isn't about a person but it is about a dog whose life was significant and whose actions helped a lot of people in Alaska. So it seems like a good example of a biography in that it's accurate and relevant and important, but maybe not so much because it's about a dog.Media: chalk
bekahhynes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is a biography because it is a true account of Balto's life. To be used in an intermediate classroom.
egodwin07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a great example of a legend, because the story of the heroic dog, Balto, has been told for centuries. The story is very relatable, because readers are easily captured in the fast paced nature of a dog leading the way to save a life.Age Appropriateness: IntermediateMedia: Colored Pencil
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When two children in Nome get Diptheria, they have to get medicine quickly or they will die and half the town will catch it, but the trains can¿t get there from Anchorage. Many teams of sled dogs begin a relay to get the medicine from where it is stuck on a train to Nome, but it is Balto¿s team that does the work of two teams, driving non-stop for twenty hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watched the movie and it was awesome! I really enjoyed the story of a sick girl saved by a rescue dog (if that's what you want to call it). Balto is a heartwarming story, filled with adventure for the little ones. Buy it and you and the little ones will love it! Love, Lucas
LauraMHartman More than 1 year ago
The true story of Balto, The Greatest Dog Ever has every element needed to keep children interested and entertained. Beginning readers will find this bit of history full of adventure. In Alaska during the 1925 blizzard, sled dogs are the only mode of transportation with a remote chance of getting the vaccine for an outbreak of diphtheria from Anchorage to Nome.  The details regarding the care of sled dogs will interest readers. The danger of the elements and difficulty of the trip adds suspense. The ending is satisfying as Standiford shows how Balto saved day as well as how he is remembered with a statue of him in New York's Central Park.
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Angelina25 More than 1 year ago
My 6 year old daughter LOVES this book. We have read it many times and she loves the movie as well. It's a story about a team of sled dogs, lead by Balto that deliver medicine to a snowy town during a storm. It is a very heartwarming and courageous story. Balto saves his girlfriend's owner, a little girl, and the rest of the infected in this town. It is a true story and there is actually a statue of Balto in Central Park which endears my daughter to the story more since we live in NYC. It is suitable for 6 and up, and my daughter who is an excellent reader can read it on her own. However, we prefer reading it together. Wonderful first chapter book for starting readers. Good for a boy or girl.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the story because my favorite part was when Balto saved the town. Then, they made a statue of him in the Central Park.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the book: The true story of Balto¿ because of the very smart dog Balto. He saved medicine and a dogsled team.