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Balto and the Great Race (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) [Paperback]

By Elizabeth Cody Kimmel (Author) & Nora Koerber (Illustrator)
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Recounts how the sled dog Balto saved Nome, Alaska, in 1925 from a diphtheria epidemic by delivering medicine through a raging snowstorm. Simultaneous.

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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

Citations And Professional Reviews
Balto and the Great Race (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel & Nora Koerber has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 524
  • Booklist - 10/15/1999 page 438
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 11/01/1999 page 1744
  • School Library Journal - 03/01/2000 page 227
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2000 page 415
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 244
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2000 page 415
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 332

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Studio: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages   99
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.68" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.18 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 21, 1999
Publisher   Random House Books for Young Readers
Age  7-9
Series  Stepping Stone  
ISBN  0679891986  
ISBN13  9780679891987  
UPC  090129003990  

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More About Elizabeth Cody Kimmel & Nora Koerber

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Elizabeth Cody Kimmel is a widely published author of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Her recent projects include a middle-grade series about Buffalo Bill Cody and the picture book WHAT DO YOU DREAM? Of MY PENGUIN OSBERT, she says: "I love everything about Antarctica . . . except being cold. I love the idea of all that ice and snow and wind, and I can imagine bundling myself up and hiking through the winter wonderland. But when reality sets in, I can't stand the cold, and I think that is how Osbert was born."
H. B. "Buck" Lewis is an award-winning author and illustrator whose work has appeared on billboards, TV commercials, and magazine covers. These days, he spends his time writing and illustrating picture books and designing characters for animated feature films from Dreamworks, Disney, Blue Sky/Fox, and Pixar, among others. H. B. Lewis currently lives in Los Angeles and misses the East Coast terribly especially when it snows! This is his first book with Candlewick Press."

Elizabeth Cody Kimmel currently resides in Cold Spring, in the state of New York. Elizabeth Cody Kimmel was born in 1938.

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Balto review  Mar 26, 2008
My students enjoyed the book and it tied nicely into our unit on Alaskan sled dogs. Good history tie in as well.
Great Book!  May 1, 2005
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.
Great book for introducing the Iditarod to children  Apr 1, 2005
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

Balto: not just for kids  Jan 27, 2002
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.

A teacher in PA  May 3, 2000
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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