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Wonderful illustrations and a realistic story that give the feel of the Iditarod race and capture the nature of its canine competitors. The paintings of Mick, the woman musher, look like Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the Iditarod. Although the book is fiction, the story is very plausible and exciting. I read this to a class of kindergarteners and it held their interest. Read the Author's Note at the end for some interesting info about the rules of the Iditarod.
My grandsons loved reading this book. It is a keeper! I would highly recommend this to any parent or grandparent to give to your child/grandchild. It would also make a nice addition to any school library or a birthday gift for any boy or girl 8-12 yrs. old.
Prior to reading Akiak, I knew next to nothing about the Alaskan Iditarod. The book is such a thrilling tale that afterwards, my chilren and I were very motivated to learn more and we followed the 2011 race back in 2011. You will root for this incredible dog in her journey to catch up with her team. Her perseverence is impressive and incredibly moving.