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.
|Publisher:||Walker & Company|
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 10.95(h) x 0.45(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 10 Years|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved looking through Big Alaska: Journey Across America's Most Amazing State. As someone who has lived there, my heart stopped as I took in the pictures and words of the wetlands I once stood within. Knowing the vast immensity of just that one region, it was an absolute joy to explore the other pages, seeing parts of Alaska where there are actually trees! Something I missed living on the tundra where even bushes were scarce. The paintings are beautiful and the information just enough to give a brief sense of what Alaska truly encompasses, though it is a very small taste. Such a large state with so many different areas, cultures, and ethnicities, even a full blown encyclopedia could not give but a small taste of what it means to live there. However, all that said and done, Big Alaska is a wonderful book I would use in any level of class to try and explain to my students where I lived and what it was like up there.