The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto

The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto

The children of Nome, Alaska are very sick. They need medicine. Balto, and the sled dog team, are their only hope. But will they get there in time?

By: Natalie Standiford

Discovery Questions

After your child receives and reads this book, Discuss one or more of the following questions to help him/her make connections and build comprehension.

  • The children of Nome did not die. Gunnar and Balto delivered the medicine. Having medicine is important. When has medicine has helped you or someone in your family. Write about it. Share your story with a parent.
  • Gunnar and Balto knew the importance of not giving up. Think of another story where someone does not give up. Compare the two stories. Use a Venn diagram. Find ways those heroes are like Gunnar and Balto. Then find ways they are different. Share your diagram with a parent.
  • Gunner must have been afraid. He saw his team up to their necks in snow. The sled tipped and he lost the medicine. However, he did not give up. Why is this kind of determination important? Talk about it with a parent.
  • All the dog teams had to work together. What happened to the team that did not meet Gunnar at Point Safety? Why didn't they show up? Write that story. Share your story with a parent.

Book Details

Grade Level:
2nd Grade
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