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In a harsh and hostile environment like the Yukon Territory,
survival is the ultimate challenge.
If strength, courage, and adaptability are the keys to survival,
then our hero, Buck, stands a pretty good chance.
When Buck is stolen from his comfortable home in California and sold as a sled dog,
he ends up working in the bitter cold of Alaska and Canada.
It’s not just the climate that’s changed.
The rules seem to be different, too.
In this new environment, Buck has to change the way he
Buck is smart, tough, and alert.
He learns quickly how to survive as a sled dog.
He even challenges Spitz, the lead dog.
No sooner has Buck adapted, though, than things begin to change again.
dangerously thin ice—
none of these changes will make life any easier for Buck. Or will they?
In August 1896, gold—and lots of it—was discovered in Rabbit Creek in the Yukon Territory of western Canada.
When news of the find reached the United States, the Klondike gold rush was on.
The gold prospectors, known as “Klondikers,” faced harsh conditions:
The indigenous people of Alaska and Canada began using sled dogs more than 1,000 years ago.
They depended on these dogs for
In the late 1800s, settlers and explorers started using the dogs to help them explore remote areas, deliver mail, and look for gold.
Certain purebred dogs are commonly used as sled dogs.
Huskies, malamutes, and Samoyeds have a protective outercoat and an insulating undercoat, that helps them tolerate temperatures as low as –70° F.
The Call of the Wild is an unusual book because it is told from the point of view of a dog.
As Buck’s primitive, animal nature becomes stronger, he feels a longing to live as a wild animal instead of as a domesticated one.