Alaska's 12 Days of Summer

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Sasquatch Books, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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The infectious rhythms of the classic song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," inspired this clever and charming counting book. Here, the famous "partridge in a pear tree" becomes a "black bear in a spruce tree," while the fifth day of summer in Alaska yields everything from swans and wood frogs to bald eagles and moose. Author Pat Chamberlin-Calamar has spent every summer in Alaska since 1985, and through the book's witty repetitions she conjures a vibrant world of Alaskan fauna. Alaska's 12 Days of Summer is a book that children will want to sing along with again and again.

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In this take on "The 12 Days of Christmas", children will learn about the animal population of Alaska, and how they enjoy the short summer break that comes to the state. Underneath the song lyrics are helpful facts about the animals being shown. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Pat Chamberlin-Calamar has taught everything from music and English in Denmark to folk guitar and parent-toddler classes. She and her husband, Don, spend summers in Talkeetna, Alaska.

Shannon Cartwright arrived in Alaska in 1972 after graduating from the University of Michigan School of Architecture and Design. She was drawn north by the stories she heard as a child from her grandmother, Esther Schaubel, a famous public-health nurse who spent 15 years in the Alaska bush during the '40s and '50s.

She has spent most of her Alaska years living in the bush, away from the road system, and has never owned a TV or a computer and communicates by satellite phone and US mail. Cartwright has traveled all over the state working on a set-net site in Bristol Bay, driving horse-pack trips, guiding in the Alaska Range and Brooks Range, researching book projects, and traveling between her cabins by train, skis, snowmobiles, and horses. She expresses her love of Alaska through the 28 children's books she has illustrated, seven of which she has also written.

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