Arctic Lights, Arctic Nightsby Debbie S. Miller, Jon Van Zyle (Illustrator)
Imagine a land where the sun rises at 1:58 a.m. in the summer and shines for less than four hours on a winter's day. The animals in the wilderness near Fairbanks, Alaska, witness some of the world's greatest temperature extremes and light variations every year. At an average low of -16 degrees Fahrenheit, the winters may be unpleasantly frigid, but the
Imagine a land where the sun rises at 1:58 a.m. in the summer and shines for less than four hours on a winter's day. The animals in the wilderness near Fairbanks, Alaska, witness some of the world's greatest temperature extremes and light variations every year. At an average low of -16 degrees Fahrenheit, the winters may be unpleasantly frigid, but the light shows are always glorious!
Acclaimed author Debbie S. Miller details the sunsets, twilight, alpenglow, diamond dust, and other quietly beautiful phenomena that color "the Land of the Midnight Sun," describing each animal's activities in both the warm and cold seasons. The dramatic changes in light are captured perfectly in Jon Van Zyle's striking illustrations.
Debbie S. Miller is the author of Walker & Company's The Great Serum Race, Are Trees Alive? and Disappearing Lake, which was named one of Bank Street College's Children's Books of the Year, was given the IRA-CBC Teachers' Choice Award, and earned starred reviews in School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. Debbie lives with her family in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Jon Van Zyle has illustrated numerous award-winning children's books, including Walker & Company's The Great Serum Race and Disappearing Lake. He lives in Eagle River, Alaska, with his wife, Jona, and their Siberian husky dog team.
“Van Zyle's superb and quietly beautiful acrylic paintings…capture both light and dark in perfect harmony with the text. A winner.” School Library Journal
“A lovely treatment of a difficult concept and of a very special place.” Kirkus Review
- Walker & Company
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.69(w) x 9.86(h) x 0.36(d)
- Age Range:
- 6 - 9 Years
Meet the Author
DEBBIE S. MILLER has written many acclaimed children's books, including The Great Serum Race which was a NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Recommended book and was a CBC-NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.
JON VAN ZYLE is a noted children's book illustrator and the official artist of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. He has twice participated in the run and was recently inducted into the Iditarod Hall of Fame. Jon lives with his wife, Jona, and their Siberian huskies in Eagle River, Alaska. This is the eighth book Jon and Debbie Miller have collaborated on.
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This book is beautifully written. The text is rich in description and the pictures match. I use this book in my 4-6 grade classroom, and the students respond well. I recommend this book very highly... I'm so glad that I came across it!
This was a richly illustrated and written book, worthy reading to understand the differences of living in the Northern latitudes compared to the contiguous 48 states.