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Mary's DVD and Her Sled Dog Books

There is a PBS special that shares the life of Mary and her Alaskan lifestyle and sled dog trail books. Our books teach kids lifelong lessons about the Alaskan frontier, and the responsibilities come along with raising a new puppy. 

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The Alaskan Happy Dog Trilogy

International award winner! Three book set.


Can Dogs Talk?  Volume 1

Can Dogs Talk? a dog mushing book in Fairbanks, AK.

Rita and Ryan answer their question with the help of Mary and her team of huskies.


Loving a Happy Dog Volume 2

Loving a Happy Dog Volume 2 a sled dog trail book in Fairbanks, AK.

The kids learn that responsibilities come with a new puppy, including an understanding of a dog's lifespan. A pull-out puzzle is included.


Secret Messages - Training a Happy Dog Volume 3

Secret Messages - Training a Happy Dog Volume 3

The kids learn how to train their dog and an important lesson: it's O.K. to ask for help.


What's a Shrew to You?

What's a Shrew to You?

Rhyming picture book encourages young people to go outside and be curious about the wildlife around them. Includes a CD by Susan Grace that sets the text to music.


More About What's a Shrew to You?

This new rhyming picture sled dog trail book encourages young people to go outside and be curious about the wildlife around them, especially in the boreal forest of Alaska.

Jon Van Zyle's colorful illustrations inspire the reader to look more closely at the real world and experience an Alaskan adventure. Susan Grace's CD, tucked in a back pocket, helps beginning readers learn their words. Her melody sings in your mind long after the reading is over. A track identification bookmark is also included.

Small Wonders: Year-Round Alaska

Small Wonders: Year-Round Alaska a journal that shares Mary’s Alaskan adventure in Fairbanks, AK.

Mary's journal shares nature's cycles and the quiet life in a cabin in the Alaskan woods. (Featured on Will Curtis' The Nature of Things on NPR.)


Sled Dog Trails

Sled Dog Trails a book about Mary’s adventure in Alaska in Fairbanks, AK.

Mary Shields' best-selling book about her adventures on the winter trails with her sled dogs. Includes the story of being the first woman to finish the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.


Season of the Sled Dog
60 minute video/DVD

Season of the Sled Dog 60 minute video/DVD

A PBS special sharing Mary's Alaskan lifestyle and celebrating the Huskies in their everyday life, on the long race, and on a spring trip.


Order By Mail

To order by mail, please make your check or money order in US funds payable to PYROLA PUBLISHING and mail to the following address:

PO Box 80961
Fairbanks, Alaska 99708

You may also use PayPal to order books. Simply click "Add to Cart" to start shopping.

Add $7 priority postage for the first item, and $1 extra for each additional item. (International orders add $15 first item plus $1 for each additional item.) Orders are mailed within 48 hours. I am happy to personalize my books for you. Children and adults alike are sure to enjoy the spectacular illustrations.