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

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On a cold winter day, a curious dog wandered onto a frozen river, and before he knew it he was traveling fast on a sheet of ice. Many people tried to help, but the dog could not be reached. Finally, after two nights and seventy-five miles, the little dog was saved by a ship out in the Baltic Sea.

The gallant rescue of the little dog nicknamed Baltic made international new
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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Karen A.
Mar 30, 2012 Karen A. rated it really liked it
It is a rare thing to see a children's picture book that is based on a true story where the author does not bog the work down with details. "Little Dog Lost" is just such a work. A small dog is seen floating on a small island of ice in the Baltic sea. Firemen try to rescue him but are unable to catch him. He floats by a boat and they try to rescue him. They finally succeed. It is a simple plot arc but very effective and one that kids of all ages will understand. Rescue poor Dog!! The watercolor ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Children along the banks of the Vistula River were the first to spot the little dog floating on the ice floes. Firemen tried to help rescue the dog, but were unable to reach him before the river carried him away. The river carried the dog into the Baltic sea where a ship arrived. The crew members tried to rescue the dog, but it proved difficult. At one point, the dog even slipped into the water but managed to pull itself back up onto the ice. Finally, the crew managed to get a boat into the wate ...more
Kristen Rigau
Mar 25, 2015 Kristen Rigau rated it really liked it
The short children's book, Little Dog Lost, written by Monica Carnesi, is a very emotional and hopeful book about a dog who is lost in the freezing Baltic sea. A group of people see that he is out in the middle of the ocean and they yell for help. Many people try and save the dog such as fireman and fisherman but no one can save him. Untill a man from a small fishing boat lowers down a small boat and paddles to save the dog. He is successful and brings the dog aboard his ship. The men on the boa ...more
Bryant Schumacher
Feb 24, 2015 Bryant Schumacher rated it liked it
Shelves: etec-545-class-2
“Join the crew, Baltic!” Amidst the frozen waters of a chilly lake, children on the street call out for the safety of a dog riding a sheet of ice. Firemen come and try to set it free, but to no avail, the dog drifts out toward the Baltic sea. The dog journeys far into the deep blue, where suddenly a captain and his crew attempt their very own rescue. “Dog” is scooped up, dried off, and finally ready for a night’s rest cuddling blankets so soft. “Dog” is thankful that his fear has halted -- still ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story--based on a real event. A dog is seen adrift on a piece of ice in the Baltic Sea. Is there anyone who can rescue him? This picture book, with its drama and heartwarming resolution, will hold a child's interest and would be a great read aloud. The beautiful watercolor drawings enhance the story. (as an adult reader, I especially liked the true account which was given at the end of the book)
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Little Dog Lost is one of those books that you know right away will be a favorite. It isn't very long but it doesn't have to be. The words and the pictures that are there do all the work. The story is packed with emotion - how can you not feel immediate empathy for the stranded little dog on the cover? How can you not want to know if he gets rescued? Look at the position of his ears. He needs help!

And after all that...the writing is fun to read out loud:

"Can anybody help? Please, help Dog!"

Sep 19, 2013 Tonya rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-s-favs
I did not have high hopes for this book, but the kids (3 and 8) just love it and I liked it so much I made a new shelf for just kids books.
I thought it was well timed in regards to pictures and story, had charming drawings, was not overly scary nor boring, and was true to top it off! The girls especially love the picture of the real dog and seaman at the end. Very sweet and well done.
Jan 23, 2012 Margie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-these-books
This book has wonderful possibilities for extended learning.
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I had missed this story when it was running over the news' wires around the world. Monica Carnesi has done an outstanding job.

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Aug 01, 2012 Nikoleta rated it it was amazing
Чудесна книжка! Историята е напрегната, на моменти страшна и тъжна, а накрая - с хепи енд. Хареса ми също, че има куче! Рисунките също мнооого ми допаднаха, даже бих си я купила, ако имам възможност. :)
Feb 04, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
On a very cold wintry day, a group of children notices something out at sea. At first they are unsure what it is and then it dawns on them, it is a dog adrift on a piece of ice. What are they to do? The firefighters are called to help, but the floe is too fast and soon the dog drifts away from the town and people that tried to help. Scared, alone and hungry this young animal is in desperate straights.

There is hope; a ship at sea sees him. Has the miracle arrived that this poor dog needs?

Based o
Mar 13, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Little Dog Lost is nominated for the 2013-2014 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Little Dog Lost is a true story about a dog who was lost on a sheet of ice. In a short time, he traveled over 70 miles down the Vistula River in Poland and into the Baltic Sea. Early rescue attempts failed, and the little dog drifted further away. Eventually, however, the crew of a research vessel, The Baltica, spotted the dog and, after several tries, finally rescued him!

Following the dog's rescue, he was renamed B
Apr 05, 2012 Judith rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
In January 2010, the world watched as a lone dog was rescued from a piece of ice floating on the Vistula River near Grudziadz, Poland. This poor mutt had been stranded for days and no one could figure out how he got there. It took several days to rescue him. Firefighters tried, but they could not get close enough to save him. The dog fell into the water several times and ended up drifting 15 miles off shore into the Baltic Sea. Finally he was saved by the crew of the scientific research vessel ...more
May 05, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
Just about everyone loves a good dog story, but when that story is combined with a good rescue story and it has a happy ending, so much the better. This picture book tells the story of Baltic, a dog that somehow ends up on a sheet of ice floating on the Vistula River in Poland and heading out to the Baltic Sea. When passersby spot the dog, they are unable to rescue him. Eventually, after many attempts, the crew of a ship passing by is able to bring him aboard where he has become a part of the sh ...more
Oct 20, 2012 Jillian rated it it was amazing
In her book "Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Dog Named Baltic," Monica Carnesi tells the true story of a brave dog stranded in the Baltic waters. One winter day, some townspeople near a small town in Poland spot something furry on a piece of ice drifting in the Baltic waters...what could it be? It turns out that that furry friend was a dog! Before the townspeople can call for help, the dog floats away on his piece of ice, far out into the Baltic Sea. Fortunately, some men on a ship in the m ...more
Homewood Public Library
Apr 05, 2012 Homewood Public Library rated it really liked it
In January 2010, the world watched as a lone dog was rescued from a piece of ice floating on the Vistula River near Grudziadz, Poland. This poor mutt had been stranded for days and no one could figure out how he got there. It took several days to rescue him. Firefighters tried, but they could not get close enough to save him. The dog fell into the water several times and ended up drifting 15 miles off shore into the Baltic Sea. Finally he was saved by the crew of the scientific research vessel R ...more
Apr 02, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it
A sweet story based on real life and told simply with beautiful illustrations? It's possible and it is in this book. My daughter and I loved the inclusion of maps at the end, in addition to a synopsis of the actual events on which the story of this little lost dog is based, and a picture of the real dog and his rescuer.

I read it to my daughter but I think it is approachable enough for her timid-reading-confidence to read on her own again soon.
Josie B.
Jan 29, 2014 Josie B. rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
My 3-5 year old preschool storytime class loved this book. I paired it with Pierre the Penguin: a True Story by Jean Marzollo for a "people helping animals" storytime, because "sometimes we all need a friend." I showed them the photo of Baltic on the back of the book and read part of the author's note at the end. Some children prefer nonfiction and reading stories about real events or sharing a book of facts abut a subject that interests them can boost print motivation, the enjoyment and interes ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Jess rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, z_14
True story about a little dog adrift on a bit of ice that traveled from the Vistula River to the Baltic Sea.

Sweet story with kind illustrations. Unfortunately it misses the mark in the text's simplicity. I'm all for a simple line of text as long as it's well crafted. We neared Dick and Jane territory with the "Dog this. Dog that." lines. Too bad.

Nonetheless, a short ultimately happy story that kids will like. Bonus points for the afterward (interesting! Wish more of that would have made it into
As an animal lover, this book really resonated with me. I love that it’s a true story about a brave little dog that was adrift in a frozen river. I also find it interesting just how many people went out of their way to save this poor pup. I am thankful for the happy ending and the men that saved him found themselves a new crew member. This story just goes to show how compassionate human kind can be.
Amazing survival story with a happy ending for a really cute dog. The author's note at the end includes more details about the rescue of the dog in the freezing Baltic Sea, along with photos of him stranded on the ice, and of his rescuer (who ending up adopting him) holding him. This is written simply enough for preschoolers to enjoy during a read-aloud, either in a group or one-on-one.
Apr 18, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a great story about a little dog who got stuck on a floating piece of ice, and the people who tried, and then finally did rescue him. The illustrations are so wonderfully done. I would love to have this book in my classroom library. I wanted to rescue this puppy and bring home myself, and to know that it based on a true story makes the story even more endearing.
Sherry Thornberry
This was a true story about a dog found in the Baltic Sea drifting around on some ice. I was shocked when I read up on the book and found out it was true. It was nice how so many people attempted to rescue the dog but couldn't get to him. And then when he is rescued, he finds a forever home in his rescuer. That's inspirational.I really liked this read.
Nitza Campos
Apr 01, 2014 Nitza Campos rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
(PreK - 2) True story of how a dog, Baltic, was found on an ice floe and rescued by a passing ship. I'm a sucker for dog books and this is no exception. I loved the illustrations of Baltic. He just looks so scared and lost. A definite must have for dog lovers.
May 11, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Little Dog Lost
By Monica Carnesi
Copyright- 2012

Little Dog Lost is a sad, yet heart warming story. It is odd to see a children's book based upon a true story. A dog is lost at sea and is very cold and hungry. Some young children try to save him but are unable to. Finally, a ship is at sea and sees the dog and is able to reach him. The dog is rescued! It shows the true relationship that people have with animals, especially dogs. I enjoyed the simplicity of the book even though it was a true sto
Little Dog Lost is based on a true story about a little dog that is found floating on an ice floe in the Baltic Sea near Poland. It chronicles the attempts to rescue him and then how he eventually finds a home.
La Coccinelle
Aug 27, 2012 La Coccinelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
I remember hearing about this story a couple of years ago. As a dog lover, it intrigued me. It would make an interesting basis for a great picture book. Unfortunately, this book wasn't what I was looking for.

Yes, it is a picture book intended for a young audience. However, I found the language much too simplistic, and almost condescending. And when I read a picture book, I want great illustrations. The pictures here were nothing special, and I wasn't impressed.

Overall, I'd probably never read th
Dimity Powell
Apr 27, 2015 Dimity Powell rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-lit
Beaut little recollection of the real life adventure tale of Baltic, a dog rescued from the ice floes in the Baltic Sea. Easy to read and like, the pics are as endearing as the story.
Jim Erekson
Mar 07, 2013 Jim Erekson rated it liked it
A very simply written book. The odd grammatical choices made me wonder whether Carnesi was going for a feel of Polish in translation, or whether she was doing a pared down grammar for a preschool audience. Hopefully the former, because the latter would be condescending.

This is a very direct and also simple example of a complementary picturebook. The best detail in this telling was that Carnesi left the inference about why they named the dog "Baltic" to the environmental print in the paintings o
Rebecca Plaza
True tale from my beloved Poland. Heartwarming story, gentle illustrations. Dog trapped on an ice floe. What would you do?
Aug 28, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2012
This is a great introduction to nonfiction narrative texts for preschool or kindergarten students. A dog is spotted floating on the frozen Vistula River in Poland. Despite efforts to rescue him, he is swept out to sea. Several days later, a research vessels spots the dog floating in the icy Baltic Sea. After several attempts, the men on the ship are able to rescue the dog. Kids will enjoy this simply told story with clear illustrations. The author's note at the end is well-done and explains the ...more
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