The following collection of thematically related readings is available
in Dogsong and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature
Poems from I Breathe a New Song by Richard Lewis, ©
Summary: These three examples of Eskimo poetry describe the joys and
pains of hunters from the past.
"Susan Butcher" by Bill Littlefield
(from Champions, © 1993)
Summary: According to this biography of the record-holding Iditarod
racer, the responsiveness of her sled dogs has proven to be the key
to her success.
"The First Americans" by Marion Wood
(from Spirits, Heroes, & Hunters from North American Indian Mythology,
Summary: This example of informational writing describes the forces
that influenced the rugged way of life of first Eskimos in North America
and the strength Eskimos derived from their religious beliefs and myths.
"A Journey" by Nikki Giovanni
(from Those Who Ride the Night Winds © 1983)
Summary: About to embark on a journey with a companion, the speaker
faces the unknown openly and fearlessly.
"A Mother's Yarn" by James Riordan
(from Those Who Ride the Night Winds © 1984)
Summary: In this Arctic folk tale, young Nastai listens to her late
mother's "voice" to overcome the hardships imposed by her father's sudden
Words on a Page by Keith Leckie
Summary: Lenore, the main character of this teleplay, shows promise
as a writer and is chosen as a finalist in a competition. Tensions arise
when it appears she is abandoning her Ojibway background.
"The King of Mazy May" by Jack London
Summary: In this classic adventure story, 14-year-old Walt Masters must
rely on a team of sled dogs in a life-or-death chase across the Yukon