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On a wintry night in 1917, Betty, her mother, and her baby sister boarded a giant horse-drawn sleigh in Alaska. From her cozy nest of furs, Betty passed the time singing and watching the graceful animals that ran by. Then there was an accident, but thanks to the kindness of strangers, everyone was safe and sound. This exciting tale, beautifully illustrated in detailed wate ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Puffin (first published 1997)
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Shanna Gonzalez
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Carolynne
This picture book is based on a real event which occurred in 1917, when Marie Boyer, a kindergarten teacher, left
Alaska with her two children, three-year-old Betty and baby Ann. In a freak accident on a bridge all the passengers are thrown from the sleigh and Betty is thrown into the river. Blue with cold, she is rescued, but Ann is nowhere to be found. In order to save the remaining passengers, the party departs for a lodge despite Marie's frantic attempts to keep searching. Miraculously, Ann
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Bonnie Brown
Rand, G. (Author) & Rand, T. (Illustrator). (1997). Baby in a basket. Dutton, New York: Cobblehill Books. Unp. Ages 4 and up.

Based on a true story. Marie and her two daughters, three-year-old Betty, and four-month-old Ann are leaving Alaska for the winter. They travel through the winter bundled up in a horse pulled sleigh. One fateful night, they run into winter trouble and Marie fears that all is lost. A heart-wrenching, fast paced story of hardship and survival is accompanied by full-colo
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Hillvan
Lovely illustrations. Real story about a mother traveling with her 2 daughters in Alaska. Set in the early 1900's. Great illustrations about how difficult travel was at that time. Enough suspense and trouble that is resolved quickly in the book.
Kate
Nov 05, 2007 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the adventure-minded
Shelves: childrensbooks
Suspenseful tale of a mother and two young daughters travelling across Alaska by sleigh during a dreadful 1917 storm. Aside from the abrupt and clunky ending, a worthwhile, exciting read. Gr. K-2.
Cindi
This was pretty suspenseful for a children's book, but I liked that it was a true story and that it had a happy ending!
Ellie Revert
A sweet true story, and I know the baby---I played duplicate bridge with her when she was in her 80's! (Betty Peth)
Nancy
Oct 09, 2007 Nancy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who likes picture books
Beautifully illustrated....an incredible adventure based on a true story...
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