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Did you know that yaks can yodel? Can you yodel? Have you thought of visiting Yukon to test your yodeling skills? Yukon’s yaks originated in Yunnan, far across the Pacific Ocean. They were useless yaks in the field because, once yoked, they yodeled. So they were traded and shipped to Yukon where their fur was a novelty harvested for its fine-textured yarn, especially the yellow undercoat that “was valued as much as Yukon gold.” Their milk was made into yak yogurt – oh yummy! But, most tourists came to listen and learn about the yaks' wonderful yodeling skills.
Sally Lee Baker’s picture book story, Yukon's Yodeling Yaks: A fun read-aloud illustrated tongue-twisting tale brought to you by the letter Y, is book 25 in her series of alliterative stories, this one focusing on the multiple sounds of the letter ‘y.’ Young readers will have fun with some of the tongue twisters the letter ’y’ creates, from “yodeling yaks” to “yummy yak yogurt” and so much more. This series is a fun way to encourage phonetics in young readers so they can easily recognize the multiple sounds of each letter of the alphabet, in this case, the letter ‘y.’ But this is more than a mere play on words and a series of tongue twisters; there’s also a yak-inspired story to enjoy, one set in Yukon, in northern Canada. Not only will readers enjoy the ‘y’s’, but also the story, and they will learn a little about Yukon. Beautifully illustrated and a fun story for the whole family.