Monica Carnesi's charming book was inspired by a true story. A little dog was seen floating adrift on an ice floe in the Vistula River, the longest river in Poland. Days later he is rescued by the crew of the R/V Baltica who adopted him (his original owner couldn't be found) and named him Baltic.
You can learn more about polar ice at the National Snow and Ice Data Center or at the Lunar and Planetary Institute.
This is one of the ten titles nominated for the 2013 Ladybug Picture Book Award.