Age Level: 6 and up. Miki’s Race is the photo-illustrated, mostly-true three-chapter story of spirited young Alaskan husky Miki and surprises encountered when she begins participating in sled dog racing. She and her friend Wolfie have been training on Jim’s sled dog team since fall, but no one anticipated what would happen just before and on race day. Read about the impact weather and trail conditions have on Miki, the other dogs on the team, and Jim, and about their experiences and adventures after Miki’s first race. Miki’s Race is the second in a trilogy of books featuring Miki the Alaskan husky, her sister Mini, and their dog and human friends. Messages within the story include caring about and helping one another, and the significance not only of the destination but the journey.
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Jackie Winkowski and her husband Jim live with their family of sled dogs in Gwinn, Michigan. Of Finnish-Swedish descent, Jackie draws from life experiences. She grew up on an Upper Peninsula of Michigan strawberry farm overlooking Lake Superior. Dogs were constant companions, as were cats who would warm her feet at night in the family’s sometimes chilly wood-heated house. A fond early childhood memory is of the family Newfoundland, Barney, wearing a handcrafted leather harness, pulling her in a sled over ice-covered Keweenaw Bay. Since 1993 Jackie has been immersed in raising and training Alaskan and Siberian huskies and recreational sled dog mushing and racing. She and Jim enjoy sharing the magic of dogsledding with the young and young at heart through hands-on experiences, presentations, and Jackie's books. Her titles are described as heartwarming stories inspired by real dogs and true events. She is a former editor of the 1980s-1990s Upper Michigan magazine Above the Bridge.
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Book Description Createspace, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. large print edition. 50 pages. 8.25x8.25x0.12 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1461141192