Byrd & Igloo

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Published by: Scholastic Press
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Pages: 192
ISBN13: ‎ 978-0545616423

A Polar Adventure


Admiral Richard E. Byrd was a bold and adventurous polar explorer and pioneering aviator determined to be the first person to fly a plane over both the North and South Poles. Igloo was a scrappy little fox terrier rescued from the streets of Washington, DC, on a cold winter's day by a woman with a warm heart. Together, Byrd and Igloo were one of the most unlikely pairs of adventurers in history.

From one end of the world to the other, Igloo was Byrd's faithful companion — and best friend — as the pair captured the imaginations and hearts of millions and opened the door for science and research in the Antarctic.

Now, for the first time ever, this is their story.

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“Take one bold adventurer, mix in one scruffy, little fox terrier, shake it up with trips to the North and South Poles, and you have got an amazing true story of adventure and exploration that middle grade readers will dive into…the allure of adding a cute dog to a top-notch adventure story will pull young readers in and keep them there to the very end.”
— Children’s Literature

“Igloo’s personality is brought to life…delighting the reader with his loyalty and rambunctious antics.”
The Horn Book Guide

“Their adventures read more like a novel than a history book…the use of a dog is an excellent gateway into polar adventure for elementary students and makes it a more compelling read…Overall, this is a solid and engaging look at Byrd’s explorations that will appeal to children interested in history and adventure.”
School Library Journal

“Well-researched…Seiple pulls the reader into the narrative…Older children and adults will benefit from the knowledge presented of arctic and polar exploration. Useful for research and biography assignments, as well as pleasure reading…Highly recommended.”
Library Media Connection

“Fast-moving, exciting account of his adventures…this is a well-researched and welcomed piece of narrative nonfiction.”

“A captivating account young adults and preteens will find compelling.”
Children’s Bookwatch

“This account of three expeditions undertaken by aviator Richard Byrd serves as both an enthralling adventure and a story of the bond between man and dog.”
Publishers Weekly

“A puppy abandoned on the streets of Washington, D.C. became famous as the only dog to explore the North and South Poles in this fascinating story of explorer and aviator Richard Byrd and his dog Igloo.”
The Buffalo News