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Children's LiteratureAs the second largest country in the world, Canada has a picturesque landscape and an abundance of diverse cultures. This "Exploring Canada" series focuses on the Yukon Territory, also called "the last great wilderness of North America" and the "land of the midnight sun." This area has a challenging climate and an abundance of wildlife including bear, bison and cougar. The First Nations of the Yukon have an ability to live with others in harmony, including fur traders. Today, they still make up about twenty percent of the Yukon's population. Although huge numbers of people came to the Yukon, the Klondike was the most dignified gold rush in North American history. It occurred just as the fur trade was declining and forever transformed the region. One of the most amazing engineering feats was the building of the Alaska Highway, which stretches 1,500 miles from British Columbia to Alaska. One of the oldest forms of transportation is dog sledding although snowmobiles have largely replaced them. The book has a detailed chronology, bibliography and index, providing a great introduction to the provinces and territories of Canada. 2003, Lucent Books/The Gale Group, Ages 12 to 15.
— Michele Wilbur