Alaska & The Yukon: The Last Frontier, by Barbara Paulding Thrasher ISBN 0681299339
Five out of five stars
This is essentially a picture book, containing photos of locations in Alaska and the Yukon. The majority are in Alaska and all illustrate a land of incredible beauty. Green and colorful in the short summer and white, cold and harsh in the winter.
Alaska is split into four regions, largely based on the climactic differences. Those regions are: southeast, southwest and southcentral, interior and arctic. This separation generally matches what we were taught in geography class in elementary school, the southern regions warmed by ocean currents, the middle region and then the northern region of extreme cold, no sunlight in the winter and perpetual daylight in the summer.
The images are stunning and exert a powerful urge in the reader to see the sights for themselves. With summer wildflowers and a history based on the native Aleuts and Russian ownership that still lives, Alaska is the largest state in the union and has a climate just as large and overpowering.