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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises; No Edition Stated edition (February 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604622733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604622737
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This engrossing book captured my attention right from the beginning.
DH
Fantatic story about family, friends and the hardships endured in the vast remote spaces in Alaska.
Virginia Pahl
I was so happy to find this one, and it's even better than I had hoped.
Lisa Kearns

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DH on February 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a fascinating read that immediately transported me to another time and place. This engrossing book captured my attention right from the beginning. Through actual letters and a captivating narrative the author tells a story that honors women, pioneers and the beauty and traditions of the Alaskan frontier.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Galaday on March 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I had the privilege of teaching 30 years ago in the same Eskimo village that is central to this story, Selawik, AK. I found after returning to the "Lower 48" that I could not adequately describe what it was like there to anyone who had not spent time in the Arctic. Cheryl Schuermann has found a way, using the first person, to tell her Mother's story so well that I felt I was back there fishing with my friends on the banks of the Selawik River. I thank the author for so effectively preserving this story and the feelings it conveys. And I praise her Mother for having such a good memory for detail.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vicki on April 20, 2008
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I sat down just to read the introduction and I never got out of my chair until I had read the whole book. The story of a family in frontier Alaska provides wonderful insight into the lives and character of native people of Alaska and the early pioneers who went their to seek their fortunes. Even if you are not interested in history or frontier Alaska, it a delightful story about real people with whom anyone can relate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia C. Simons on February 9, 2008
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I was fascinated as I read Audrey's adventures growing up in the heartland of the Alaskan frontier! Written in first person, I felt I was there as each chapter shared incredible adventures, hardships, and celebrations of growing up in this pristine landscape. The author does a great job of including stories about native peoples and, through a child's eyes, explored building relationships with children and families very different from their own. This would be a great piece of literature for teachers to include when teaching about this region.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Kearns TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2012
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There just aren't many books out there about growing up in the days when Alaska was a territory. I was so happy to find this one, and it's even better than I had hoped.

Audrey Purkeypile was born in an Eskimo village above the North Pole, in 1927. Her parents were teachers at a government school, and they also helped manage the reindeer herd and offered medical care for the Eskimo village. The book was written by Audrey's daughter, but in first person as if Audrey were telling the story herself. She talks about the land and the endless winters without the sun, and the local people and their culture. Unlike some books, which view the locals as savages, Audrey and her family viewed the Eskimo villagers and their culture with respect and affection.

The story follows Audrey through the rest of her childhood, college and marriage, but the best parts are about the way life was in the Eskimo village and later in a mining camp.

This was an excellent book, but too short - I was sad when it ended.
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