Amazing Alaska!

Fall in Love with Alaska through Interesting Fun Facts and Fantastic Stories for the Entire Family

Non-Fiction - Travel
256 Pages
Reviewed on 07/08/2023
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

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.

Pikasho Deka

Alaska is known all over the world for its beautiful landscapes, wild tundra, and indigenous culture. It is simultaneously one of the least populated states in the United States of America while also being the largest in terms of the area it covers. Learn some fun facts and trivia about one of the most gorgeous states of America with Amazing Alaska! by Marianne Jennings. Nicknamed "The Last Frontier," Alaska is home to two of the largest forests in America: the Tongass National Forest and the Chugach National Forest. Did you know that the original inhabitants of Alaska came from Siberia 15,000 years ago, or the fact that the Russian government sold Alaska to the United States in 1867 for 7.2 million dollars? Discover other amazing titbits with this easy-to-read handbook about Alaska.

If you want to enjoy nature in all its glory in a place that is still somewhat untouched by human influence, Alaska is just the place for you to visit. What better way to improve your knowledge about this wonderful state than with an accessible guide that covers almost all relevant aspects of Alaska? Marianne Jennings shares her knowledge of Alaskan lore with some entertaining and delightful little snippets. The book highlights what makes Alaska such an unusual state, rich in natural resources with an abundant and diverse variety of flora and fauna. Amazing Alaska! is a must-read for anyone who is a traveler or an adventurer, or even someone who just loves to learn about exotic places. Highly recommended.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

Amazing Alaska! by Marianne Jennings details facts about Alaska and its history. The author traces Alaska’s beginnings through the United States acquisition and reveals facts about its size, people, climate, topography, and resources. Jennings discusses the history of dog mushing and snow machine racing and cites famous people who were raised in Alaska or lived there during an important time. She provides pictures and a fun quiz at the end of the book for readers to test their knowledge.

Marianne Jennings relates the beauty and mystery of the largest state in the United States in a fun and informative way. Readers will be amazed by the facts they learn as they read through the text. Jennings has a narrative style that engages readers, so they keep turning pages. The sections are short and full of information but clearly labeled, so readers can jump into a topic that interests them or devour the book from beginning to end. Jennings shares facts about earthquakes, dunes, and volcanos that many people may not associate with Alaska. It’s fun to quiz family and friends with the facts learned from the book. Some of the Alaskan sayings are humorous but illustrate many of the everyday hazards Alaskans face. Amazing Alaska! is a great selection for anyone planning a visit or move to the state or readers who enjoy learning little-known tidbits and history about certain locations.