Kids and their pets have always had a special relationship. Kids writing about their pets is the next logical step. Because stories entertain and teach at the same time.
The world needs more kids writing. And not just about their pets. But, certainly, this is a good place to start which became the reason HRD asked the Fairport Public Library to co-sponsor a writing contest for kids.
We’ve had a lot of fun reading stories, going out and meeting families and their pets to take photographs and listening to kids talk about what their pets mean to them.
Here is the final contest winner’s story. As you’ll see, it’s a story that has been told before. Many of you will recognize it. We thought that it deserved Honorable Mention because of the research the writer had to do before she actually wrote the story and because the real life adventure that happened so long ago, still continues to inspire people today.
Balto and Togo, by Phoebe Uman
If you are walking through the paths of Central Park you may stumble across a statue of a dog standing on an outcrop of rocks. This dog is a courageous Siberian Husky who led a dog-sled team through sub-zero degree (Fahrenheit) weather for 53 miles in the dark. This dog is the famous Balto.
Balto and Togo were born and raised in the kennels of Leonhard Seppala. They were always sled dogs and they carried medicine and supplies to the gold miners of Nome. They also carried sick and injured miners fro medical care in Nome. Balto was bigger than Togo, but Seppala always favored Togo as a racer. Balto was favored by Seppala’s assistant , Gunnar Kaasen. Both dogs became heroes during the great serum race of 1925.
Photo credit: from Siberian Husky History web site.
A very special thank you to all of the children who entered our contest and to their families for supporting these young writers. To Robin Benoit, who is one of the fabulous Children’s Librarians at the Fairport Public Library, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for jumping into this project so enthusiastically. I couldn’t have done this without you. [gplus count=”true” size=”Medium” ]