Midnight Dance of the Snowshoe Hare

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At the top of the world in summer. Summertime in Alaska is full of surprises. Snowshoe hares come out of hiding and dance. The chickadeeÆs song fills the air. There is enough warmth to melt away the blanket of ice and snow. And the sun never truly sets. With childlike verse and inspired paintings, Nancy White Carlstrom and Ken ...
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Overview

Sun, Sun,
Where do you live in summer?
I live in my house at hte top of the world,
At the top of the world in summer. Summertime in Alaska is full of surprises. Snowshoe hares come out of hiding and dance. The chickadeeÆs song fills the air. There is enough warmth to melt away the blanket of ice and snow. And the sun never truly sets. With childlike verse and inspired paintings, Nancy White Carlstrom and Ken Kuroi capture these magic moments and more in a playful book of poetry that will open a childÆs eyes to the land of the midnight sun. Nancy White Carlstrom lives in Fairbanks, AK. Ken Kuroi lives in Japan.

Poems about Alaska's beautiful but brief spring, summer and fall seasons, which provide a short respite from the cold, dark winter.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
Children who think of Alaska as a snowy land will be amazed by this book. Carlstrom, a resident of Fairbanks, paints with words the wonder and brevity of a northern summer. Her free verse tells of the exploits of Alaska's animals as they raid gardens ("Gangly moose, dangling broccoli, dancing purple cabbage") or wait for winter to come again ("Sled dog, we have watched you...nap in the sun, dreaming of snow"), and it sings the praises of glorious summer from a human's point of view, too. Read this book aloud to a child, or a classroom of children, and it will almost certainly inspire some original verse. Kuroi's paintings are dreamlike, especially in depicting the elusive quality of Alaskan light.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4Carlstrom has created a mood piece based on her observations of Alaskan animals over time and seasons. Full of metaphor, alliteration, and other poetic devices, these selections can be used in a variety of ways with a class or just enjoyed one on one. The arrangement is seasonal, beginning with early summer and ending with early spring. Children meet rabbits, voles, wolves, owls, and other indigenous creatures in their summer, fall, and winter coats. The poems are gentle and yet not without a sense of reality as a grandfather rabbit describes how he escaped from an owl who was surprised by the northern lights. The illustrations are soft and graceful while retaining a naturalistic quality. Young children will have no difficulty pointing out the wolf, the sled dog, squirrels, snowshoe hares, and other animals. A lovely book that can be used to teach units on poetry, animal habits, or Alaska or just be read for pure pleasure.Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
This collection of poems celebrates Alaska's spring and summer seasons, when daylight lasts 24 hours, and when the usually white landscape is transformed into an abundance of flora. Carlstrom (Raven and River, 1997, etc.) has composed brief, direct poems in which the sun, trees, rivers, and animals sing, pray, question, warn, and wonder at a world released from snow and ice. The verses often make effective use of two voices or a repeated refrain, e.g., in the evocative "Song of the Aspen Aunties," the trees shake their leaves throughout the long evening of midnight sun: "Whispering/Whispering/All night long./Where is the darkness?/ Where has it gone?/ Why does the day/Go on and on?" Most poems are presented in double-page spreads with Kuroi's haunting paintings; they occasionally become sentimentally soft and fuzzy, but more often lyrically conjure a sunny Alaskan landscape. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399227462
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/13/1998
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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