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Togo wasn't meant to be a sled dog. He was too feisty and independent to make a good team member, let alone a leader. But Togo is determined, and when his trainer, Leonhard Seppala, gives him a chance, he soon becomes one of the fastest sled dogs in history! His skills are put to the ultimate test, though, when Seppala and his team are called on to make the now-famous runTogo wasn't meant to be a sled dog. He was too feisty and independent to make a good team member, let alone a leader. But Togo is determined, and when his trainer, Leonhard Seppala, gives him a chance, he soon becomes one of the fastest sled dogs in history! His skills are put to the ultimate test, though, when Seppala and his team are called on to make the now-famous run across the frozen Arctic to deliver the serum that will save Alaska from a life-threatening outbreak of diphtheria. In the style of Akiak, winner of the Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, along with five state awards, Robert J. Blake's detailed, carefully researched oil paintings complete the story of the adventure that inspired the internationally famous Iditarod race....

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ISBN : 9780399233814
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
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Togo Reviews

  • Alexandria
    2019-04-01 22:00

    This book, has beautiful pictures in it. I really liked the part where Togo lead his team. Togo is a Siberion Husky. Togo was the lead sled dog of Leonhard Seppala and his dog/Siberion Husky sled team in the 1925 serum run to Nome across central and northern Alaska. This was made into a movie called Balto. Unfortunately, the cartoon doesn't show Togo's part of the run only Balto's. If you really liked this book you can check out the movie "Balto." I had never really heard of Togo till January 4th, 2013.

  • Patricia
    2019-04-15 00:41

    This is the second Iditarod book by Robert J. Blake that I have read. They both brought me to tears. Togo, a Siberian husky, is an excellent lead dog who has won many races. This story tells of the desperate challenge to get antibiotics from Ankorage to Nome to help stop the spread of diphtheria in 1925. Togo's courage and determination are remarkable. His spirit jumps off the pages. I would recommend this book to middle elementary.

  • Courtney Vick
    2019-04-19 03:48

    This is an eye opening book about how the true hero of the Great Serum Run and his team are not celebrated as they should be. That honor went to Balto and his team who completed about 50 miles of the journey and went into Nome, whereas Togo and his team ran 350 miles (that's 7 times the distance Balto's team went) basically non-stop and never raced again because they gave so much. Makes me tear up every time.

  • Cheryl
    2019-03-25 22:52

    Togo is a feisty sled dog who becomes part of a team that was called on to make the epic run across the frozen arctic to deliver the life saving diphtheria serum to the residents of Nome, Alaska in 1925. This book is a first rate historical account about Togo, an unsung hero of that race. This sled dog "race" was the inspiration for today's Iditarod. Beautifully illustrated, haunting.

  • Shelley
    2019-03-26 01:54

    I loved this book!!! It is so sad that Balto gets all the glory when it was Togo that did all of the hard work!! This is such a good book!! Make sure you read the Epilogue at the end.

  • Pamela Hatch
    2019-03-30 22:34

    Togo / written and illustrated by Robert J. Blake -- New York : Philomel Books / Penguin Putnam books for Young Readers, c2002. (44 pages)SUMMARY: In 1925, Togo, a Siberian husky who loves being a sled dog, leads a team that rushes to bring diphtheria antitoxin from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.REVIEW: I have always loved the realistic images Robert J. Blake brings to his paintings, and the cover with Togo's face made me want to pick this title up. Most people know of Balto that ran the last 53 miles of the trip to bring the life saving serum to Nome, Alaska -- but the real hero behind the scenes was Togo that led a team of sled dogs 350 miles.AUTHOR'S NOTE: ...While in Alaska I heard many different versions of the 1925 serum run to Nome....Only Leonhard Seppala and Togo know exactly what went on with the team as they ran their part of the relay. This story is how I imagine it may have been, based on the information I gathered. More than anything, I have tried to re-create the feel of their struggle...FAVORITE PARTS: When as a puppy, Togo breaks out of the kennel to follow the sled team who were lost and he was the one that lead them back to the trail.

  • Margaret Mulcahy
    2019-03-30 23:01

    Summary:Togo is a dog that sleds across the Arctic to transport a medicine that will save Alaska from a diphtheria outbreak. Togo is a rambunctious husky, but gets his act together to accomplish this task. This book is based on the historic rescue mission of 1925 by Leonhard Seppala and Togo. This book begins with Togo's early life and provides a map outlining the course of Togo's journey. One sentence: This book shows it's possible to overcome mistakes and shortcomings complete something that is noteworthy. Personal response: I really enjoyed reading this book and I felt a personal connection with Togo. His handwork ethic is incredibly influential. Would you recommend this book? The illustrations in this book are some of the best that I have seen. The images strengthened the story line. This also shows that with determination anything is possible.

  • SaraKat
    2019-03-25 22:44

    I have never read or seen anything about Balto, who is the famous sled dog who finished the trip that Togo started, but in reading this book, I was amazed at the things that these dogs and drivers can do in such cold places. It was hard reading about what they went through, but the antics of Togo in refusing to be left behind and leading his team so heroically were inspirational. The cynic in me wonders how much is legend and how much is fact, but considering this happened almost 100 years ago, we may never know. The real star of this book for me was the art. It looks like oil paintings on each page. I would hang them on my walls!

  • Teri
    2019-04-05 03:56

    Good nonfiction for kids--lead to great "rabbit trail". What is diphtheria? How does serum fix it? Can it help someone that is already sick?

  • Jessica
    2019-04-21 00:52

    A nice way to teach about a historical event through a children’s book. Lovely artwork, and a riveting story.

  • Daniel
    2019-03-31 00:00

    Togo wasn't meant to be a sled dog. He was too feisty and independent to make a good team member, let alone a leader. But Togo is determined, and when his trainer, Leonhard Seppala, gives him a chance, he soon becomes one of the fastest sled dogs in history. His skills are put to the ultimate test, though, when Seppala and his team are called on to make the now-famous run across the frozen Arctic to deliver the serum that will save Alaska from a life-threatening outbreak of diphtheria. I think the target audience for this book is leaning towards people with understanding of dog sleds and also its leaning towards people who want to learn about dog sled races and their importance. I really liked this book a lot because it helped me give a good example of what dog sledding is and how common and natural it is. I would definitely recommend this book to a peer.

  • Ashley Steele
    2019-04-24 23:31

    Togo is based on the true story of a Siberian Husky sled dog. The owner, Seppala got a puppy but he did not believe the dog would be any use to him or his sled dog team due to the pup being sick. After Seppala's wife took care of the pup, after 6 months he sold the pup to be a pet. But Togo left his new owners house and went back to Seppala. The puppy proved him wrong and while the owner along with his team was running, the puppy stayed right beside them. The owner named the pup "Togo." When Togo got older, he proved his strength and his endurance of never giving up to his owner and the owner put Togo as the lead sled dog for the team. Race after race, Togo and his team won and they well-known through out the land. An epidemic in Nome, Ak broke out and the serum needed to be transported by foot due to the harsh weathers at that time. Seppala and Togo's (12 years at this time) team ran 125 miles in three days to get the serum three quarters of the way, another sled team would run the rest (the team was the iconic Balto sled dog). The run was known as "The Great Mercy Run." After the race, Togo received metals but it was Balto that received all the fame. The race took a toll on Togo and did not race anymore.I did enjoy the read because I've only heard of the sled dog named Balto. I would recommend this book to a 3rd or 4th grader specially one who loves dogs. The pictures were very detailed for the reader to see the cold and the sacrifice the sled team made to get the serum to it's destination.

  • Miss Balzaretti
    2019-04-17 00:37

    The book Togo tells the unsung story of a sled dog who lead the first dogsled team in the historical 1925 Serum Run in Alaska. Togo, is a Siberian Huskie that has been overlooked as a young pup and proves himself as a determined and extraordinary mushing team member. In the historic run, Togo takes on harsh elements, dangerous travel, and ticking time limit to reach the town of Nome, Alaska which is fighting a life threating outbreak of diphtheria and is in desperate need of antitoxin serum. The journey from Nenana, where Togo and his musher and team live to Nome, is a gruesome 600 mile trip. After making the town of Golovin, Alaska, a town 85 miles from Nome Togo and his team meet with another dogsled lead by the historic husky, Balto. The book commemorates the journey Togo faced and the contribution he had in saving the town of Nome. I really enjoyed this book as the visuals did a great job supporting the text and give a realistic image to who Togo was and the journey he had. The book also incorporates a map of the serum run from Anchorage to Nenana to Nome. This gives the reader a visual idea to how long the journey really was. I would absolutely have this book in my classroom library. The book is a great historic tool in looking at the 1925 Serum Run and the commemorative Iditarod Race that happens every year in Alaska.

  • Tiffany Jolly
    2019-04-03 23:41

    TogoBiography: Picture book Heroism, dependability Blake, Robert J. Togo. Illus by Robert J. Blake. Philomel Books, 2002, Unp, primary.In Togo, he was thought to have not been a sled dog, but after proving himself he led a team of sled dogs to saving the people of Nome with a serum the team travelled 350 miles to get in the blistering cold. The majority of the text is from a third person point of view, but often times Togo’s owner would be talking in first person. The descriptive style makes the reader feel as though they are part of the race and allows you to be reflective, the added bold watercolors create a picturesque setting to help visualize. Activity: The epilogue discusses how Balto got the recognition for the trek even though he only travelled 53 miles verse Togo’s 350 miles. For this activity read a book about Balto and compare the two book choices and decided who should have earned the majority of the recognition.

  • Caroline Green
    2019-03-27 03:38

    Togo is not your ordinary sled dog. He struggles being a leader and working with a team because he is too feisty and independent. Togo is very determined to change this, and when his trainer gives him a chance, he proves everyone wrong. Becoming one of the fastest sled dogs in history, his skilled are tested when he has to lead the whole team in the famous Arctic run to save Alaska from a life-threatening diphtheria outbreak.Themes from the book would be bravery, teamwork and finishing the tasks you're given. Children need to learn this at an early age so presenting this to 1st-3rd graders would be best. A teacher could read half the book, then do a lesson about bravery and teamwork. They could have some of the children tell stories of when they had to be brave in tough situations, or when they had to use teamwork in a sport or group activity. After discussing, children could write their prediction of how Togo will be brave during the race. The teacher would finish the book after all children make their prediction.

  • Dolly
    2019-04-18 00:34

    This is an amazing tale of the lead dog for one of the dog teams who brought serum to Nome saving the lives of people who were suffering from diptheria. While Balto is the more famous dog, since he is the lead dog who finished the journey, Togo and his team were instrumental in carrying the serum almost double the distance of any other team. The illustrations are wonderful and the cover depicts a dog with piercing eyes. It just begged to be read. It was a fascinating tale and one that really helps to shed light on the arduous journey that inspired the Iditarod race. You can find out more about Togo and the 1925 Serum run to Nome here and here.

  • Christine Turner
    2019-04-16 05:45

    Togo wasn't meant to be a sled dog. He was too feisty and independent to make a good team member, let alone a leader. But Togo is determined, and when his trainer, Leonhard Seppala, gives him a chance, he soon becomes one of the fastest sled dogs in history! His skills are put to the ultimate test, though, when Seppala and his team are called on to make the now-famous run across the frozen Arctic to deliver the serum that will save Alaska from a life-threatening outbreak of diphtheria.In the style of Akiak, winner of the Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, along with five state awards, Robert J. Blake's detailed, carefully researched oil paintings complete the story of the adventure that inspired the internationally famous Iditarod race.

  • Patricia
    2019-04-07 22:52

    This book makes me wish I had a dog named Togo. This book is beautiful. Beautiful paintings and beautiful story. I am amazed at the feat the Leonhard Seppala, Togo, Smokey, Jens, and all the other Mushers and Dogs were able to accomplish that cold Alaskan winter. I had seen the cartoon of Balto countless times (it is in my video collection), but had never known about Togo, all the other dogs and all the other mushers until recently. Since then I have read all I can about this historical event. There are amazing photos of the dogs and the mushers on-line that have been really interesting to see. There is a lot of interesting information and it is one of those events that makes you feel great to be an animal lover---especially dogs!

  • Amparo Ramirez
    2019-04-19 21:47

    Togo a Siberian husky wanted to become a sled dog. He was determined and a found a way to escape from his owner and chased Seppala. He had a team of trained sled dogs. They were the fastest and known sled dogs of the region. They participated in the Borden Marathon in 1918 a set a record for the fastest time ever established for that event. In the village of Nome, Alaska the people needed diphtheria antitoxin from Anchorage. The U.S. mail system would take about thirty days and they needed the serum urgent....

  • Julee
    2019-04-26 02:52

    This was a very interesting book. I had always heard of the heroic mission of Balto, the lead dog who brought a serum to fight off diphtheria into the city of Nome, Alaska. What I did not know was the Balto, a hero indeed, lead the last 53 miles to bring in the serum. Togo was a smaller dog that fought the elements and ran over 350 miles to bring the serum to Balto's team. It ruined his health and he was unable to ever race again. The events inspired the creation of the Iditarod Race which commemorates the 1925 serum run. Kids will love this dog hero.

  • Alyssa
    2019-04-19 23:46

    Blake, Robert J. Togo. New York: Philomel Books, 2002. Historical Fiction.An amazing story that explores the true story about a sled dog who saved lives in Alaska from diphtheria in the serum run. But it is the dog Balto, who ran 53 miles compared to Togo's 350 miles, that receives the honor for this act. A wonderful book for discussion with students that could be compared to other situations in history where a person may not of received the honor they deserved. Great description that captures and holds the readers attention.

  • Rhiannon
    2019-04-21 00:45

    About Togo, one of the less famous sled dogs involved in the 1925 serum run to Nome, but one of the ones who ran the longest (over 350 miles).The painted illustrations are beautiful. The text is well-researched, but pretty dense. Would probably only appeal to kids on the upper-end of the picture book age range.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-18 05:58

    This is such an inspirational story of a heroic dog, team, and his master. I hope Togo is always remembered for generations to come for his part in saving the lives of the people in Nome, Alaska. My kids liked the animated movie, "Balto", and now that we have read this book, another heroic dog has captured their hearts and imagination.

  • Hilary
    2019-03-27 21:42

    I get so emotional every time I near the end of this picture book. I'm not sure why. I don't own a dog and probably never will. I just love how Blake presents Togo as an extraordinary dog without giving him too much credit or "human-ness" but just enough to make me feel like there was divine intervention.

  • Matthew
    2019-04-04 04:39

    What a wonderful book and beautiful story. I think this was an excellent inroad into teamwork and finishing the task given. I was very interested in the 1925 serum run to Nome. Being a person so interested in Alaska and Alaskan history I was very delighted in this wonderful story. If you or your children have seen Balto, read this one!

  • Sarah
    2019-03-30 02:31

    Thick oil paintings give a wintry texture to this true story of a famous sled dog, Togo, who pulled a team over 300 miles at great speed to fetch a serum to stop diphtheria from spreading and infecting towns in Alaska. The narrative is compelling but ends abruptly; I guess I need to read a longer book to find out more about Togo, who supposedly inspired the Iditarod.

  • Kim
    2019-04-11 02:54

    While many folks are familiar with Balto, the dog who led his team into Nome with much-needed serum in 1925, they are not so familiar with his litter-mate Togo, who actually played a much more heroic role in the life-and-death relay that saved so many from diptheria. This picture-book account of Togo's contribution is inspiring, and readers will feel Togo's loyalty and determination.

  • Ms Threlkeld
    2019-04-08 02:44

    This action-packed and suspenseful book about an Alaskan dogsled team braving terrible weather conditions to bring a serum back to Nome kept me on the edge of my seat. A great book for intermediate grades.

  • Theresa
    2019-03-28 01:54

    the story of another dog involved in the epic adventure of taking medication accross the alaskan wilderness to save the lives of a small town.a historic adventure of epic proportion of the Alaskan sled dog races

  • Mary
    2019-03-27 05:54

    We met an Iditarod musher Karen Land and one of her dogs...she recommended this book, which I love a bit more than Caoimhe. Hard-core, those mushers. Her website is a great place to learn about the great race: www.mymusher.com