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Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart
Bring home the incredible true story of a friendship so strong that it crosses the globe! Families everywhere will be delighted by the tale of Gobi and Dion—a little lost dog and the ultramarathon runner who saved her. Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart is a fun, engaging picture book perfect for families to enjoy together.
Prepare to fall in love with the heartwarming and true story of Gobi and Dion. Gobi, a scrappy little stray dog, latches onto a man named Dion and keeps pace alongside him for 77 miles of a long 155-mile race across China. Through cold nights and raging rivers, with little food and water, and through a long, hard journey, these two create a bond unlike any other.
This amazing true story sparked international attention and will continue to inspire readers as they enjoy this fun picture book perfect for children.
Join these two unlikely friends as they form a winning team for both the race and life!
My review of the picture book
Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart is based on the true story of Gobi and Dion. It has just the right amount of text to keep little ones engaged and still learn about Gobi. I love this happy story, and I know your young ones will too. The illustrations capture the love between these two. This is one you’re going to want to add to your child’s book collection. It is written for children ages 4-8. Available Aug. 29.
Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog’s Big Journey
Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog’s Big Journey is the incredible true story of Dion Leonard, an athlete who was befriended by a stray dog while running an ultramarathon through the Gobi Desert. Named for the desert in which he found her, Gobi became Dion’s closest companion for 77 miles of the 155-mile race across China. The scrappy little pup ran mile after mile alongside Dion, through treacherous conditions and across raging rivers. He let her sleep in his tent and share his food, and eventually, his focus shifted from winning to the newfound friendship he and Gobi shared.
They crossed the finish line together—not first, but together—and Dion decided to bring Gobi home to Scotland. Just before they were about to leave, however, the little dog disappeared, setting off a worldwide search for the stray. In a town of more than 3 million people, the search seemed hopeless, but this tale of friendship will surprise and delight you as you find out what happens!
Join the almost too-good-to-be-true story of hope, friendship, and beating incredible odds in Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog’s Big Journey by Dion Leonard.
My review of the young reader’s edition
The young reader’s edition. Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog’s Big Journey, is similar to the picture book but with more details. I think that young readers will be inspired by reading Gobi’s story. Children love to hear stories about animals, and when the stories are true, they’re even more exciting for them. Not only is Gobi’s story inspiring, it is also exciting.
Can you imagine racing through the desert? I can’t even imagine racing at all, let alone through the desert. This book shows Dion’s tenacity and dedication. It shows that dedication pays off. It also shows Gobi’s tenacity to survive in the harsh desert conditions. Gobi, like all dogs, chose his owner. It is amazing how dogs just know who will care for them. Of all the racers, Gobi chose Dion. This is a true story of friendship and love.
I think your middle school readers will love this story. It is available for purchase Aug. 29.
About the Author
Dion Leonard is a 41-year-old Australian who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with his wife Lucja. Dion has not only completed but competed in some of the world’s toughest ultra marathons across the planet’s most inhospitable landscapes. This includes running across the brutal Moroccan Sahara desert twice in the 250km Marathon Des Sables and also twice across South Africa’s Kalahari Desert, also 250km. Dion’s latest 250km race across the Gobi Desert in China turned out to be a completely different race, where he fell in love with a stray dog that followed him during the week and who would change both of their lives forever. Learn more at www.findinggobi.com.
Both titles will be available for purchase wherever books are sold on August 29, 2017.