Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart by Dion Leonard


Who does not love a dog story? In this incredible picture book, Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart, of friendship, perseverance, and teamwork; Dion Leonard shares the time he met his forever friend, Gobi. Gobi, named after the desert in China, where Dion and the dog began their journey together during a seven-day, 155 mile race. Would you be willing to sacrifice a win for a new friend? What does it take to be a good friend? How do good teams work together to succeed at a goal? These questions are sure to be answered and more.

From the Publisher: 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. 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.

Dion Leonard is a 42 year old Australian/British runner who currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dion started running in 2013 and has already achieved numerous top 10 finishes in ultra races around the world in the most extreme conditions. Dion has not only competed in but completed some of the world’s toughest multi stage ultra running races across the most inhospitable landscapes including two times at the "Toughest Footrace on Earth" the brutal 250km Marathon Des Sables. Dion has also run South Africa's 250km Kalahari Extreme Desert Race twice and the Gobi Desert 250km and Cambodia 220km.

I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Children's Books for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review. I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book every weekday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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