Alaska for the Kids

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Confession: This is from my juvenile non-fiction collection. I weeded it about 6 months ago. I swear some of these things go off and reproduce without my knowledge. As a librarian obsessive about shelf lists, I cannot understand why these STILL turn up! Maybe it is an evil plot by Sirsi/Dynix¬†because I have cussed at our ILS way too many times. Let this stand as an example of how collection maintenance is never “done”.

In the meantime, enjoy these ever so modern pictures of Alaska and wildlife. Is it just me or is the big saber-toothed cat (smiladon?) trying to get it on with the elk? (You can see where my mind went immediately!) In other news, I didn’t know that Willow was supposed to be the capital of Alaska, but funding evidently dropped the project in 1982. ¬†If that doesn’t make this book weedable, I don’t know what else to say.


animals of the Ice Age

The land bridge

gold rush

Alaska pipeline

Alaskan history timeline



  1. When this book came out, I was in the 7th grade and the Alaskan pipeline was a still a big, controversial topic, so this book would have been really relevant. However, since I’m now eligible for AARP membership, I think it’s high time it was weeded!

  2. I found this quite interesting – I didn’t know that Alaska had belonged to Russia, had been invaded in WW2, or that it had become a state so recently, so I am glad the book was educational in its last breath!

    1. It’s a bit of a dishonest phrasing to say Alaska was invaded. Mainland Alaska wasn’t invaded, only some of the Aleutian islands were invaded.

  3. What awful pronunciations they give! Weed it for that alone. The picture of Skagway takes me back, though — it looked just about like that when I was there about 20 years ago. But I never heard that about “Willow.”

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