Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic
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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 news...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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Karen A.
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
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
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!"

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.
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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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. :)
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...more
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...more
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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...more
Nitza Campos
(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.
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La Coccinelle
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...more
Jim Erekson
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...more
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
Lu Benke
Based on a real event, this book does a good job of conveying the tension of the story of a dog stranded on an ice flow. My favorite illustration was when the perspective of the picture changes from being straight-on to being from the sailor-rescuer's view as the little dog comes up to his knees to thank him. This book is available online through We Give Books and I was impressed with how the computer screen was filled with the delicateness of the illustrations. I had an almost visceral experien...more
Lovely nonfiction picture book, just right for reading aloud to a group or for early readers to read independently. The endpapers include a map of Baltic's travels, this is a nice touch. I like the way the text and the illustrations work together, and the variety in the placement/size of the illustrations, full page spreads for big important scenes, smaller vignettes to show a succession of scenes. With the brevity of the text, the illustrations need to carry much of the story, and they do so ve...more
The subtitle says it all: "The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic." Like all good informational literature this one leaves more questions than it has answers: How did Baltic get on the ice floe? Where did he come from? How does he go to the bathroom on the ship? Really? They're allowed to keep pets on a ship? This is a wonderful story (and thankfully the dog doesn't die) that has had me researching this brave little guy and the folks who rescued him all morning! I want a sequel to this pictu...more
As an adult, the book was OK, but as someone interested in children's literacy it was great. There are many places where the story just begs you (and anyone perched on your lap) to wonder what's going to happen next. The 3 year old I read it with had all sorts of logistical questions along the way, and it blew her mind to see the actual dog at the end and to learn that it all really happened. She was equally impressed that the author was also the illustrator.
Judy Desetti
Good selection for BMJ nomination.

Must buy for MPHM collection.

Good story about a true event. A small dog is caught on an ice floe in the middle of the river. People try to save it. Eventually a man on a research ship on the river manages to get the dog to safety. The dog had been out on the ice floating down the river for several days. The original owner was never found and eventually the dog stays on the research ship.

Heart warming story. RECOMMEND.
For dog and animal lovers everywhere. A little dog is trapped on the ice and many efforts are made to rescue him before he finally is saved. Dramatic enough (a little scary that the firefighters can't reach him) with a satisfying rescue and finding a home at the end.

Could use in a storytime about dogs, animals, everyday heroes, other countries -- it's based on a true story and you could find the river in Poland and Baltic Sea on a map.
This book is so cute! It's a true story of a dog who was stuck on an icy sea. Floating on through a town when people saw the dog they tried to save him, and even firefighters attempted to save the dog, but it was unsuccessful. The dog got swept away by the current, and was carried away further by the sea. The dog spend nights, and days out there until a boat spotted the dog, and rescued it! Such a good story I would read it to anybody!
Elaine Bearden
Another great book! Oh oh oh, what a heart-pulling story about the dog who mysteriously ends up on a piece of ice moving into the Baltic Sea. This is the story of how he was discovered and rescued. The words and pictures (which look like watercolor and ink) work really well together in an understated way to make the story of the dog forefront in the reader's mind, instead of taking it over.
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