Big Alaska: Journey Across America's Most Amazing State

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9780802780690: Big Alaska: Journey Across America's Most Amazing State

Come soar across Alaska's extraordinary landscape and see its wonders through the eyes of our national emblem, the bald eagle. Alaska is our biggest state, but it is also one of the least populated, making it an enormous span of natural wonders and astonishing wilderness. This unique place is home to the tallest mountain, the most active volcanoes, and the largest land mammals in North America. See hundred-pound salmon, two-ton walruses, and thundering herds of caribou. Take wing through mountains covered with glaciers, fly under the cover of lush rain forests, and circle over barren Arctic tundras.

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Debbie S. Miller has written many acclaimed children's books. Her book Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights won a John Burroughs Nature Books for Young Readers Award, was a CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Selector's Choice, and was named to the Texas Bluebonnet Award Masterlist. She has written many other books for Walker & Company, including The Great Serum Race, Disappearing Lake, and Are Trees Alive? This is the eighth project Debbie S. Miller and Jon Van Zyle have collaborated on. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with her family.

Jon Van Zyle is a noted children's book illustrator and artist. He has participated twice in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, was recently inducted into the Iditarod Hall of Fame, and is the race's official artist.
The Alaskan landscape and wildlife inspire his work, including his beautiful illustrations in Sled Dogs Run for Walker & Company.
Jon lives with his wife, Jona, and their Siberian huskies in Eagle River, Alaska.

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Grade 2-8 Miller's text follows a bald eagle's flight across Alaska, beginning with Admiralty Island and circling back to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The route reveals fishermen in a river, walruses basking in a sanctuary, the northern lights above the Iditarod Trail, whales, farmers, bears, and the site of the strongest North American earthquake, Katmai. Each spread is devoted to a new destination. Endpapers show an outline map with the locations visited clearly identified. Unfortunately, most of the Aleutian Islands are not depicted, leading some readers to think that they are seeing a complete map of the state. Zyle's acrylic paintings perfectly suit the grandeur of the subject. Some scenes are viewed from the eagle's perspective, over his wingspan; sometimes he is perched on rocks or branches. Back matter includes Alaska Facts, State Symbols, Climate Records, and Alaska's Special Places, which has additional information on the locations described in the text. These resources will be especially helpful for reports, but the book as a whole is a special treasure both for readers already interested in the subject and newcomers. An excellent addition to any collection. Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK
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