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Children of the Midnight Sun Hardcover – April 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1060L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882405004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882405001
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,426,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Corral's (My Denali) glorious photographs bring an intimacy to Brown's eight diverse profiles of Alaskan children, from northernmost Barrow to the islands of St. Paul and Prince of Wales to modernmost Anchorage. The range of landscapes and, consequently, living conditions alone makes for absorbing reading, but the essays tend to bog down in myriad facts. Brown's writing is strongest when she focuses on the details of daily life, as in the profile "Russian Christmas on the Kuskokwim River." Unfortunately, the book's organization doesn't allow for any overarching conclusion among the recurring customs and cultural themes throughout the profilesAsuch as the recent renaissance across Alaska of Native arts and languages, and the impact of non-Native settlers on the region. Nonetheless, Corral's memorable images will draw readers in as his camera captures the meshing of modern and ancient worlds: an I?upiat Eskimo boy wears a cartoon character on a T-shirt as he cuts up pieces of whale skin and blubber for a snack and, clad in sneakers and blue jeans, a Haida Indian girl poses next to the row of totem poles that adorn her school grounds. Author and artist successfully communicate the common thread linking these eight lives: the importance of Native traditions, family bonds and the wisdom and experience of preceding generations as they navigate in modern times. Ages 6-up. (June) FYI: A portion of the author's proceeds benefits the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-7-This attractive and informative book gives insight into the lives of eight Native American Alaskan youngsters, ranging in age from 9 to 13. The native groups represented are I?upiat, Yup'ik, Athabascan, Aleut, Haida, Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Aleut-Caucasian. Three-page descriptive profiles of each youngster are accompanied by vivid full-color photos. Brown seems to have anticipated the kinds of things kids would want to ask about these Alaskans, given the chance, and offers readers a glimpse at eight distinct personalities and ways of life. Underlining issues regarding native subsistence and rural vs. urban inhabitants are touched upon, but this book primarily gives an honest look at what it is like to be a native child growing up in this state today. The only thing lacking is a phonetic pronunciation guide in the glossary. There are no other books on the market quite like this one. Carolyn Meyer's In a Different Light (S & S, 1996) explores the Yu'pik culture; Russ Kendall's Eskimo Boy (Scholastic, 1992) and Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith's Arctic Hunter (Holiday House, 1990) both focus on the I?upiat culture, while Hoyt-Goldsmith's Totem Pole (1990) and Potlatch (1997, both Holiday House) feature Tsimshian protagonists. All who read Children of the Midnight Sun will come away with an enriched view of the lives of young native Alaskans. A must buy for both school and public libraries.
Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Tricia Brown is an author, editor, and book developer with a lengthy booklist. She has written more than twenty titles, among them seven children's picture books, all of them on Alaska subjects. Tricia first moved north to Alaska from the Chicago area in 1978. For the next twenty-one years, she wandered the state and wrote for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Anchorage Daily News, and later edited Alaska magazine before entering book publishing in 1996. For five years, she was acquisitions editor for Alaska Northwest Books and WestWinds Press, a job that took her to Portland, Oregon.

Tricia's editing credits include dozens of print and/or enhanced e-books on dog mushing, Alaska Native cultures, Alaska travel, and the frontier lifestyle. In addition, national publishers have asked her to help develop their books on gardening, self-help, autobiography, and other genre.

Tricia travels often and is a popular speaker in schools, libraries, and events in Alaska as well as the Lower 48. Her multi-media presentations, which include lessons on Alaska natural history and culture, regularly receive high praise from educators and parents. She loves to get kids excited about reading, writing, and art. Tricia welcomes invitations from schools and libraries anywhere in the country. Check her website at to view her calendar and for details on how to arrange a day or half-day visit to your town.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Daml on May 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book to explore and examine the wonderful native Alaska culture! A must for Alaskan teachers!
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