A Child's Alaska

A Child's Alaska

by Claire Rudolf Murphy
     
 

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Commemorates, in words and pictures, the wild and civilized wonders of living in Alaska. A perfect introduction to the 49th state for young readers. See more details below

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Commemorates, in words and pictures, the wild and civilized wonders of living in Alaska. A perfect introduction to the 49th state for young readers.

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School Library Journal
(Gr 3-6) -- A combination of photographs, illustrations, and text mix and mingle on each page of this lovely volume to create a kaleidoscope of verbal and visual impressions about Alaska's landforms, wildlife, and people. Murphy describes the area's vastness and uniqueness, and presents geography, history, culture, and natural science as they relate to the changing seasons. Although the text is not written from a child's point of view as the title might imply, youngsters and their families are the focus of the book. The montage of appealing, full-color photographs includes shots of native and non-native people of all ages engaged in daily activities, animals in their natural habitats, and scenic views of the natural landscapes. Unfortunately, instead of appearing directly under or next to the relevant picture, the captions are often grouped together with triangles pointing to the photos they describe. 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. This "coffee-table'' style book will complement more traditional nonfiction titles. --Roz Goodman, Bering Strait School District Media Center, Unalakleet, AK
Kay Weisman
The team that created Friendship across Arctic Waters: Alaskan Cub Scouts Visit Their Soviet Neighbors (1991) offers an inviting look at our forty-ninth state. Following the seasons from one winter to the next, 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 intriguing, sharply reproduced, full-color photos appear on every page and capture the essence of the Alaskan experience. His subjects range from people and wildlife to glacial lakes, eerie northern lights, huge vegetables, and a time-lapse display of the sun on the shortest day of the year. Small color drawings, mostly of native flora and fauna, add further interest. Although it is aimed more at browsers than at report writers, this will make an excellent source for units on Alaska.
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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882404578
Publisher:
Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 10.54(h) x 0.46(d)
Lexile:
1130L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 Years

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"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."

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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

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