Dog Diaries #4: Togo by Kate Klimo is a fantastic story of Togo who, according to many historians, should get the most credit for the success of the 1925 Serum Run into Nome. Balto was the lead dog who carried the serum into town, but Togo was the lead for the longest leg of the relay, almost double the length of any other team! The story is told from Togo’s point of view which is really well done in this book! Togo has a lot of spunk, energy, and determination.
This book will be great for talking about visualization with readers… it’s easy to see many of Togo’s pre-serum run antics in your mind! The appendixes are full of extra information too. I was thrilled to see that the appendix talks about the Iditarod without claiming the race commemorates the Serum Run! Instead, it makes the connection between the two via the history of the trail, which to me is the perfect way to do it! The book is recommended for grades two to five. It could easily be adapted to other grades as well. Here is a unit plan to get you started introducing Togo to your students!