From School Library Journal
Grade 2-8 Miller's text follows a bald eagle's flight across Alaska, beginning with Admiralty Island and circling back to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The route reveals fishermen in a river, walruses basking in a sanctuary, the northern lights above the Iditarod Trail, whales, farmers, bears, and the site of the strongest North American earthquake, Katmai. Each spread is devoted to a new destination. Endpapers show an outline map with the locations visited clearly identified. Unfortunately, most of the Aleutian Islands are not depicted, leading some readers to think that they are seeing a complete map of the state. Zyle's acrylic paintings perfectly suit the grandeur of the subject. Some scenes are viewed from the eagle's perspective, over his wingspan; sometimes he is perched on rocks or branches. Back matter includes Alaska Facts, State Symbols, Climate Records, and Alaska's Special Places, which has additional information on the locations described in the text. These resources will be especially helpful for reports, but the book as a whole is a special treasure both for readers already interested in the subject and newcomers. An excellent addition to any collection. Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK
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Gr. 2-4. This large-format book introduces a variety of natural places in Alaska. A state map on the endpapers marks the 16 sites visited, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Glacier Bay National Park, the Yukon Kuskoquim Delta, the Iditarod Trail, and Prince William Sound. The journey begins on Admiralty Island, where a bald eagle lives. Throughout the book, readers follow the bird's flight, stopping on each double-page spread to study one site in a large-scale painting and read two or three paragraphs of information about it. The sweeping illustrations vividly portray the state's varied ecosystem, creating impressions of the landscapes and wildlife. Back matter includes a page of "Alaska Facts," lists of state symbols (state motto, fish, mineral) and climate records, and three pages of additional information and Internet sites related to the 16 places visited in the book. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved