There’s nothing quite as wonderful as an thrilling story that’s accompanied by illustrations that bring the adventure to life. Stickeen: John Muir and the Brave Little Dog is a book that does just that. It’s the true tale of John Muir and his companion, a “wee little doggie” named Skickeen.
While exploring glaciers in 1880, Muir and Stickeen found themselves surrounded by deep canyons of ice. The only way out was over a precarious ice bridge, dangerous for man and almost impossible for a dog. A blizzard raged. Muir thought they were doomed. But they faced the challenge together and miraculously survived.
Years later Muir wrote, “I have known many dogs, and many a story I could tell of their wisdom and devotion; but to none do I owe so much as to Stickeen.”
Use the story to inspire kids to learn more about glaciers at PBS Kids. You’ll find fascinating science explanations about glaciers and hands on activities to do at home or in the classroom.
Because Stickeen appeals to children of all ages, you can also use it to spark discussions about the rate of melting glaciers in the world and climate change.