Recommended Ages 4 to 8
Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Monica Carnesi
During a bitter cold winter a little dog is seen floating down a river on a block of ice. Many people try to help him in the town, but the river is moving too fast to catch him. The poor brave dog is cold and scared when a ship notices him. They try a net. The dog tries to jump in only to fall back into the water. The dog seems lost again when they see him back on a sheet of ice. A crew member gets into a small boat attached to the ship. He paddles and paddles until he finally reaches the dog. Once they are on the ship the crew takes care of the dog with warm blankets, food and loving care. Soon the dog feels better and thanks his savior with a friendly lick. Since they are on the ship Baltica, they name him Baltic and give him a home.
This is a charming tale of bravery and adventure. It is based on a true story of how the crew of the Baltica saved a dog while out to sea. I am planning on using this book soon for my storytime session in March. Children relate to animal stories deeply. I know my group will enjoy Baltic’s perilous adventure as much as I did. Carnesi’s story and pictures grabbed my heart with each turn of the page. The little dog was in so much danger and I eagerly hoped for a happy ending that ultimately arrived just in time.
Read this book yourself at http://www.wegivebooks.org/books/little-dog-lost? auto_launch=1 and tell me what you think.