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Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic

by M鬾ica Carnesi

Published by Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Group, 2012
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢠥99-256660

Ages 510

A small dog stranded on a sheet of ice in the Vistula River in Poland梑eyond the reach of people on shore梕ventually ends up in the open Baltic Sea. He抯 spotted by the crew of a research ship, but the dog falls off the ice floe into the water when he tries to jump into the net they lower. 揙h no! Where is Dog? In this breathless picture book, author/illustrator M鬾ica Carnesi dramatizes the dog抯 plight with only a few sentences of text per page and superb pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations that underscore the dog抯 vulnerability in the cold winter landscape of ice and frigid water. The ship launches a small boat to try to reach the dog, who has clawed his way back onto ice. The relief when the dog is finally plucked from that ice is immense梟ot just for the dog and his rescuers, but for readers and listeners, too. A marvelous author抯 note fills in details of this extraordinary tale based on real events that unfolded over two days during one of Poland抯 揷oldest winter spells in January 2010. The sailor who was his rescuer christened the dog Baltic (there is a photo of the two of them), and the rescue ship has now become his home. 揥hen at sea, he enjoys sitting on the bridge, watching the water and seagulls.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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