A report on the Iditarod Trail race tells how it began, how dogs and mushers train for it, the problems they face on the thousand-plus-mile course, and the thrill of completing the run across some of Alaska's harshest terrain.
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Selected as a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (1992) by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council; Selected by the Junior Library Guild (1992)Review:
Beautiful pencil and watercolor illustrations help tell the story of the Iditarod. Seibert tells the history of the sled dogs and the sleds that were originally built and used by the Inuit, and then adopted by the settlers who came to Alaska. As modern transportation replaced the dogsled, one man, Joe Redington, wanted people to remember the heroic dogs who brought the medicine to Nome in 1925. Thus, the Iditarod was establish in 1973. The text describes the training and some of the difficulties faced by the intrepid racers and their dogs. A good choice for younger readers. -- MARILYN COURTOT - CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Gr 1-4-- A heavily illustrated, easy-to-read explanation of the Iditarod Sled-Dog Race. Through spare text and stylized illustration, basic information is given about the dogs, the history of the race, the environment in which it is run, and some of the rules....The watercolor illustrations are whimsical and give the book charm. Attractive borders add visual interest to some pages....The overall effect of the book...is a positive portrayal of an unusual sport. Mush! will be useful in primary-grade classrooms involved in Alaska studies, and for those junior armchair adventurers who long for the romance of the frigid North and the ``Last Great Race.'' -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL; November 1992; Mollie Bynum, Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
Gr. 2-4 Children often assume that all dogs are pets. But the sled dogs that run in the annual 1,000-plus-mile Iditarod race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, are work dogs, just as their ancestors were. The race was organized...in 1973 as a tribute to the sled dogs that delivered lifesaving diphtheria medicine to Nome in 1925. This striking volume...begins with a history of the relationship between the Eskimos, or Inuits, and their dogs....The smooth text is sprinkled with fascinating details....The dogs wear hand-sewn booties for protection, and a driver may need as many as 1,000 for a single race. Attractive watercolor paintings portray the strong, handsome animals and starkly beautiful landscape, and delicate, distinctive border scenes embellish many of the pages of text. An unusual volume that celebrates a unique vision of survival and courage along icy paths of triumph. -- BOOKLIST; September 15, 1992
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