From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4ACarlstrom 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.ASusan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
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From 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) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.