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Amazing Alaska! by Marianne Jennings is an incredible way to learn about Alaska, starting with basic information and ending with odd Alaskan laws. These various facts highlight a new perspective of Alaska by showing its history and scenery. Learn about why there is a law to prevent pushing moose out of planes, discover that Alaska has no statewide sales tax, and explore the vast landscape in this easy-to-read guide. This well-organized book breaks down different facets of Alaska that cover well-known to lesser-known insights about the state, such as being known as the Last Frontier and having over twenty official languages.
This is an ideal resource from Marianne Jennings with tidbits that are often humorous and intriguing. Some of the more unusual ones include midnight sun baseball games, ice worms on glaciers, ice golf, and the working sled dogs of Denali National Park. The book features a few places such as Lake Clark that can only be reached via boat or air. It teaches various aspects of the Alaskan way of life, describing the clothes worn, plugging in vehicles to keep them from freezing, and the reindeer running event. These different aspects give a well-rounded view of Alaska with information that covers the food and drink (birch syrup and maktak), explores the history (the gold rush and the potato as currency), and even notable figures such as Wyatt Earp and Jack London.
Amazing Alaska! also features superstitions like the Alaska Triangle where mysterious disappearances occur, the Alaskan Bigfoot, Amikuk, Kustaka, and Adlet. The book includes easy-to-find facts and each chapter follows a specific topic, such as wildlife, and sled dog races. You can learn about Alaska’s traditions and culture, like the Aurora Ice Museum, spirit houses, the great bathtub race, and the ice worm festival. Various photos are included, which provide humorous and insightful visuals. Amazing Alaska! is a useful guide filled with details and quirky laws found in this stunning state. It is perfect for travelers, students, and those interested in learning more about Alaska.