Balto – Book Review

Balto  – Book Review
Balto is the lead dog of his sled team. In the worst storm ever he is the only hope for the sick children miles away in Nome, Alaska.

The Bravest Dog Ever- The True Story of Balto! by Natalie Standiford, illustrated by Donald Cook

A STEP in Reading – Step 2, Grades 1-3

Balto is the lead dog of his sled team. In the worst storm ever he is the only hope for the sick children miles away in Nome, Alaska. It is a terrible storm, the worst in years- it’s been snowing for day and is 30 degrees below zero!

Will Balto be able to find his way to take the medicine to the sick children?
In 1925, Nome, Alaska is a frontier town. Balto lived in Nome, and most of the year the town was buried in snow, so the only way to travel was by dog sled.

Some children in Nome were very sick with diphtheria and needed medicine or they would die. The doctor needed the medicine FAST!

Luckily, a hospital in Anchorage, Alaska had the medicine. But Anchorage is 800 miles away! The doctors put the medicine on the train. Bad luck - the train gets stuck in the snow.

The unbelievable story of how Balto saves the children.

STEP into READING

Step 1 – Ready to Read Preschool-Kindergarten
(Big Type and Easy Words – Rhyme and Rhythm - Picture Clues) these books are for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.

Step 2 - Reading with Help Preschool-Grade 1
(Basic Vocabulary – Short Sentences – Simple Stories) these books are for children who will recognize words and with help sound out new words.

Step 3 - Reading on Your Own Grades 1-3
(Engaging Characters – Easy-to-follow Plots – Popular Topics) these books are for children ready to read on there own.

Step 4 - Reading Paragraphs Grades 2-3
(Challenging Vocabulary – Short Paragraphs – Exciting Stories) these books are for the newly independent reader who will confidently read simple sentences.

Step 5 - Ready for Chapters Grades 2-4
(Chapters – Longer Paragraphs – Full-color Art) these books are for children who want to plunge forward into chapter books but still appreciate colorful pictures.

STEP INTO READING is set up to give children successful experiences. Grade levels are only guidelines; children will progress at their own speed.



Note: This book is from my personal library.





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