A Child's Alaska is a visual feast for young adventurers who want to see for themselves what makes the Last Frontier so special. From totem poles to summer berry-picking from sled dog racing to wild animals they may see, this educational book will give readers an unforgettable Alaskan experience. Here in words, photographs, and illustrations, young readers will learn and see about how they ride their bicycles on ice and snow, watch the magical dancing trails of the Northern lights in the night sky, and watch a thousand-pound moose eat all the cabbages in the backyard garden. What is bigger than Texas, California and Montana put together? Alaska, of course. Where do school buses need snow tires and special electric heaters so they can start their engines? Alaska, of course. For children, grand children, and visiting children, this is a great way to learn more about Alaska for young readers.
About the Author
Claire Rudolf Murphy is the author of two previous novels and several books of nonfiction. She was inspired to write Free Radical while contemplating her own feelings about the Vietnam War and how teenagers view it today. After spending many years in Alaska, Claire and her family now live in Spokane, Washington. This is her first book for Clarion.
Read an Excerpt
"In the winter, the earth tilts away from the sun, so the farther north one lives, the colder and darker the winter days. In Barrow, Alaska's northernmost town, the sum doesn't rise above the horizon during December and January, so it's dark all the time except for a couple of hours of twilight every afternoon."
What People are Saying About This
There's so much packed into 48 pages that readers will want to re-read and look at the pictures over and over again, seeing and learning something new every time. -School Library Journal.
Gr 2 - 5, younger reading aloud. ...Murphy touches on climate, wildlife, and typical activities of Alaskan children. She distinguishes three groups of native peoples (Aleut, Eskimo, and Indian) and describes the wide variety of lifestyles (ranging from life in the city to living in remote cabins) available to Alaskans. Mason's intriging, sharply reproduced, full-color images apear on every page and capture the essence of the Alaskan experience. -Kay Weisman, BOOKLIST
The splendor and uniqueness of Alaska are revealed through a combination of photographs and text. Written for children, A CHILD'S ALASKA presents a realistic portrayal of life in Alaska today. Dispelling myths and stereotypes, this non-fiction book invites readers to share in the unique traditions and climatic adaptations of the Alaskan people. Photographs help capture the beauty and spirit of this great state. There is also a glossary that defines selected terms used in this great state. A CHILD'S ALASKA is a requisite for classroom libraries. It is enjoyable, informative reading, and an ideal resource for thematic units on Alaska or life in arctic regions of the world. -Iowa Reading Journal