Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights
Publication Date: May 2003
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Imagine a land where the sun rises at 1:58 a.m. in the summer and shines for less than four hours on a winter's day. The animals in the wilderness near Fairbanks, Alaska, witness some of the world's greatest temperature extremes and light variations every year. At an average low of -16 degrees Fahrenheit, the winters may be unpleasantly frigid, but the light shows are always glorious! Acclaimed author Debbie S. Miller details the sunsets, twilight, alpenglow, diamond dust, and other quietly beautiful phenomena that color "the Land of the Midnight Sun," describing each animal's activities in both the warm and cold seasons. The dramatic changes in light are captured perfectly in Jon Van Zyle's striking illustrations.
Debbie S. Miller is the author of Walker & Company's The Great Serum Race, Are Trees Alive? and Disappearing Lake, which was named one of Bank Street College's Children's Books of the Year, was given the IRA-CBC Teachers' Choice Award, and earned starred reviews in School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. Debbie lives with her family in Fairbanks, Alaska. Jon Van Zyle has illustrated numerous award-winning children's books, including Walker & Company's The Great Serum Race and Disappearing Lake. He lives in Eagle River, Alaska, with his wife, Jona, and their Siberian husky dog team.