Applying a School of Criticism of Schilb and Clifford Analyze “Balto"
Balto's story engages themes of heroes, animals, recreation, medicine, and history. It is a story of courage and struggle set in an epic arctic expedition. Balto has become a popular topic among beginners' chapter books. Chapter books are short published works intended for intermediate readers age 6-10. They help young readers in grades K-3 transition from picture books to more complex literacy. These books range in length from 15 to 35 pages and are full of illustrations.
Angelle, like every character introduced, acts impulsively based upon on her self-absorbed wants. She wants her mother to return home, for her father to become a stable member in her home, and for her well-doing in school to be admired.
Without antitoxin serum, they will perish - and the closest supply is 650 miles away! The only way to get the serum to Nome is by sled, but can the dogs deliver it in time? Heading bravely into a brutal blizzard, Balto leads the race for life.