Cold, Cold North
by Carolyn A. Drake
illustrated by Marcia A. Borell
Trafford Publishing

"In the cold, cold North where the wind does blow..."

To many, the cold, cold North is a desolate wasteland, but in reality, it is home to bears, seals, foxes, and arctic hares. However for author Carolyn A. Drake, the Arctic region of North America is a land of ice, snow, and wind that captures the imagination of a young child.

Pages washed with soft crayon artistry are full of the comings and goings of the animal inhabitants across the seasons. Winter is the star with its frozen tundra and white out conditions where the only markers are the Inukshuk stone structures built long ago. A constant wind seems to blow the animals' fur and push them along the pages. Spring thaw draws out the hibernating bear and lemming families. Summer brings flowers and bees. Find out who is wise enough to know the answer to the seasons for the snow.

Sparked by tales from a neighbor, Drake developed a love for the cold, cold North while a young child. A hiker and photographer for decades, she enjoys sharing her knowledge about other cultures. On a visit, Drake's young grandson requested to hear the ice story again. This gave her the inspiration to write tales in free verse. Marcia A. Borell illustrated the 36-pages, including the cover. Cold, Cold North is meant to be read aloud to young children. Some words in the text will need explanation. Questions for discussion are included at the end of the book.

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