What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Yukon Sled Dog portrays training dogs for an Alaskan race as a positive, fun experience, and there's no violence or injury in its upbeat treatment. Some adults and children may find this at odds with their own views about animal welfare and wish to discuss these concerns as part of the reading.
What's the story?
Puppy Yukon is the only girl in a new litter of boys, and her trainer, Roberta, thinks she just might have what it takes to compete in the big dogsled race. But first she'll have to train for two years, learning commands, getting stronger, and working with her teammates.
Is it any good?
Simple, upbeat, and informative, YUKON SLED DOG shows the development and training of an Alaskan dog from birth to race time. Bright, digitally colored pencil illustrations make the crisp, snowy landscape pop.
Kids who like animals will enjoy this coming-of-age tale of a special pup, and readers of all ages will pick up interesting information about the ways of "mushers." Focused on the positive, the book tells only of well-treated dogs and doesn't address potential issues of animal welfare.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the special relationship between people and dogs. Why do you think it's such a popular subject for stories? Are there any other dog stories you like? How are the dogs in these stories similar to Yukon and her brothers? How are they different?
Have you seen animals who have a special job, such as pulling a sled or helping people? What did they do?
How do Yukon, her brothers, and Roberta learn to work as a team?