Reviewed by Michele R. on June 1, 2012
In 1793, Alexander Mackenzie led a group across Canada to the Pacific Ocean. Dog (he had no other name) went with them. The men and their supplies took priority in the canoes, so Dog traveled on foot. Dog became a close companion of Mackenzie, but was accidentally separated from the group shortly before reaching the Pacific Ocean. On the party’s return trip Dog was found, sick and hungry, and allowed to ride in the canoe while he recovered. Based on Mackenzie’s journals, this book is illustrated in soft water colors that even a young picture book reader will enjoy. This is a great book for introducing a period in history that fascinates many readers, and it’s a heartwarming wonderful dog story!