I can’t remember where I first read about this book, but I do know that I bought it sight unseen based upon an interview with the author (social media works!).  Being a complete sucker for miraculous dog stories with happy endings, I couldn’t resist.  Plus, this is the author’s debut picture book, and I always like to support new authors.

Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic
Written and illustrated by Monica Carnesi
Nancy Paulsen Books, January, 2012
Suitable for:  Ages 3 and up
Themes/Topics:  Animals, Dogs, Survival Stories, Friendship, Helping Others, Rescue, Bravery
Opening and brief synopsis: From the jacket copy: On a cold winter day, a curious dog wanders onto a frozen river.  Suddenly, the ice starts breaking up, and soon the dog is adrift and traveling–the unwilling passenger on a fast-moving sheet of ice.
Activities: This is a brand new book, so there isn’t much out there yet.  The author, however, has an adorable downloadable Baltic paper doll on her website.  I’m sure it would be fun for kids to act out his journey on the ice.
Why I Like This Book: It’s an incredible story of survival, rescue, bravery and friendship.  Oh, and the main character is an adorable dog.  What’s not to love?
For its sheer adorableness, here is a video of the real Baltic, who did end up being adopted by the crew who saved him.

For more books with resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books!

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  1. Awh that true story was adorable! I wonder what happened to him. What a cute book too.

  2. I can see why you purchased this book. I think my kids would love it too!

  3. Awesome book, Julie! I’ll definitely order it today. I love supporting debut authors too. This one looks wonderful.

    Loved that true story too. I had forgotten about Baltic. What an amazing animal. I’d love to have here on our farm. He’d be loved by all. Human and critter. Happy weekend. 🙂

  4. This true story is quite amazing, isn’t it? I hadn’t seen the video before. It is an adorable story and worthy of PPPF!

  5. Wow, I love true stories. We’ll have to check out Baltic. Of course, by the end, I’m sure we’ll all be ready to adopt another dog.

  6. Sounds like a winner, Julie…I’ll look forward to reading it!

  7. Stories based on true events are so compelling! Thank you for such a great PPBF selection…I’ve always been so into the classic picture books,..so I’m thrilled that I’m getting a chance to see the new treasures that are just coming out!
    Parents and kids could experiment with freezing water in ice cube trays and then dumping them into a basin and seeing how they float. Then maybe adding a small object on top of one ice cube to see how hard it would be to balance on a piece of ice. 🙂 Juwt a thought. 🙂

  8. I love it! I’m also a sucker for happy ending dog stories. I’m going to look for it right now. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Grade ONEderful

  9. Oh, man! I’m a total sucker for dog stories, true stories, and any animal story with a happy ending, so I will definitely have to check this one out! I also really appreciate Vivian contributing an activity idea to help out – it makes me feel like we all work together to make this resource what it is – so nice 🙂 Thanks so much for adding this to our list!

  10. Oh my gosh, Julie, that is so sweet. What a lovely story to start off a 3-day weekend. Thanks for sharing. (I was thinking it might have turned out like Old Yeller. Whew. Happy ending.)

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  11. What a great story of surivial and rescue. I vaguely remember hearing about this onTV. I’m so glad they wrote a story about Baltic. I just love dog stories. Great pick. Enjoyed the video.

  12. The dog on the cover just looks so pitiful and miserable, poor thing. I’m glad the story has a happy ending! Thanks for posting and the video is a fun touch.

  13. You simply can’t go wrong with dog books, IMHO. 😉 This one sounds like a true winner. Thanks, Julie!

  14. This looks amazing, and I love sharing true stories with my kids. Inspiring! Thanks, Julie.

  15. I remember the news story and the incredible image of the poor dog in a sea of ice flows. Poor guy! I didn’t realize someone made a book out of it. I’m sure my kids would love this book. Thanks for reviewing it!

  16. I love dog rescue stories- this looks like an excellent read for bravery and patience. Thanks Julie for the suggestion.

  17. Thanks for sharing the video! My students love love love dog rescue stories! They will definitely love this one 🙂

  18. This book sounds wonderful — the fact that it’s a true story with a happy ending makes it even better. The video was great. I’d missed his story completely (that’s what happens when one tends to forget one has a television!) so I appreciated so much that you added the video to your post. Thanks, Julie!

  19. What a VERY cool story! I like it that it has a good ending too! Baltic is so CUTE!

  20. What a lovely book. I’m a sucker for an animal story, especially with happy endings. Loved seeing the video, thanks for sharing Julie.

  21. What a perfect reminder! I read an article about this book in a Philadelphia-based parent paper while I was in a waiting room with my daughter and made a swiftly forgotten mental note to get my hands on it once we returned home. I had good-natured pangs of jealousy that quickly grew into something slightly less good-natured when I realized the talented author had also illustrated.

    Mmm. Dogs and friendship. Thanks.

  22. Aw, what’s not to love, indeed! So glad it had a happy ending. 🙂

  23. Oh my goodness. This is a must read. Thanks for the wonderful review.

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