The award-winning Alaskan picture book duo is back with a look at the long arctic winter. As temperatures drop and the snow deepens, the animals that make the tundra home must ready themselves for survival. Follow the arctic ground squirrel as it begins the cycle of sleeping, supercooling, and warming that will occur at least a dozen times before spring arrives. See how the wood frog partially freezes itself in hibernation beneath layers of snow, or how the woolly bear caterpillars makes it through the winter months with a special antifreeze substance that prevents ice from forming in their bodies. Then when the temperatures finally rise and the snow begins to melt, these creatures emerge and the pulse of life returns to the arctic.
Debbie S. Miller's expert research and accessible writing will fascinate readers as Jon Van Zyle's signature style beautifully captures these animals and their habitat.
DEBBIE S. MILLER has written many acclaimed books, including Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights; The Great Serum Race, and Big Alaska. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. www.debbiemilleralaska.com JON VAN ZYLE has teamed up with Debbie S. Miller on several Alaskan books, including Arctic Nights, Arctic Lights; The Great Serum Race; and Big Alaska. Jon, the official artist of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, lives with his wife and their Siberian huskies in Eagle River, Alaska. www.jonvanzyle.com