Hike! That’s dogspeak for “Let’s go!”
Born To Pull, newly released, is a perfect rendition of the Spirit of mushing. With wonderfully illustrated pages full of factual stories and information – this book is pure delight for mushing enthusiasts, adventurers & lovers of the outdoors.
For centuries, sled dogs pulled the people of northern climates over otherwise impassable distances of snow and ice, guiding them home through trackless wilderness. These burly, strong dogs were the lifeblood of the northern winter world. Today, from races like the famed Iditarod and the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon to sled dog tours, people from all climates are rediscovering the joy of this dog-powered sport. Born to Pull is a celebration of sled dogs who love to run in cold and snowy Minnesota, including lively stories from veteran mushers, insider information on dog care and training, and breathtaking watercolor illustrations that make the dogs come to life on the page.
“If you love dogs, you have to get this book. Stunningly illustrated and beautifully written, this book combines great information with a love of dogs that glows off every page.” —Patricia McConnell, cohost of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Calling All Pets
“There’s almost no way to describe the beauty with which this book about sled dogs was conceived, written, and illustrated. . . . Born to Pull has a dreamy quality to it, so effectively does it capture a world removed from everyday life and portray the mystical connection between humans and animals.” —American Booksellers Association
Bob Cary (1921–2006) was an author, journalist, and wilderness adventurer. His many books include Root Beer Lady, Tales from Jackpine Bob, and Ely Echoes, all available from the University of Minnesota Press.
Gail de Marcken is an illustrator of children’s books. Her books include The Quiltmaker’s Gift, The Quiltmaker’s Journey, and Miss Hunnicutt’s Hat by Jeff Brumbeau; Clever Ali by Nancy Farmer; and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann. She and her husband live year-round in the woods near Ely, Minnesota.
96 Pages, Soft Cover, Color Illustrated, 2009.