Monday, April 7, 2014

Dog Diaries #4: Togo by Kate Klimo

Here's something I didn't know:  Balto wasn't really the dog hero everyone thought he was.  He even has his own statue and is credited with the run to bring the serum to Nome to save the citizens from diphtheria.  But he's not the one that did all the work...

Random House Children's Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.  You might also want to look at the other dogs in this series.  They're all purebred and have made history in their own little worlds.

Togo is the runt of the litter.  His owner is going to let nature take its course, but Sepp takes him home and he and his wife feed him and love him.  Togo blossoms from the care but never gets real big.  He's got spirit and spunk, though, and he wants to be a sled dog.  Unfortunately, there's no room for him and Sepp doesn't have time to train him.  He is allowed to run along beside the sled, which is better than staying home.

Togo gets into all the trouble young dogs do.  He chases reindeer, meets up with a grizzly, falls in water and tangles lines.  It's a good thing Sepp is patient.  Eventually he settles down and he gets to be part of the team.  He makes a good lead dog and he's very proud of that.

The story of the run to Nome made me get cold while reading it.  They ran twice as far as any other team on the transport and they had to run on ice to make it.  It was very dangerous but both Sepp and Togo both had big hearts and gave it their all.  I'm glad to see someone has written this book and given the right dog credit.  If Togo hadn't run off to play after being freed from the sled, it might not have been another dog getting credit.  But then Togo wouldn't be Togo either.

If you have a child that loves dogs, you need to buy these books for them.  They are written for ages 7-10 and are full of adventure and dog antics.  Make your child smile and head for a comfortable place to sit down and read with a gift like this.

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