Denali is a location that is talked about across the nation. The tallest mountain in North America, Denali has captured the imaginations and dreams of thousands of people. Towering above the tundra of Alaska, this is a wildlife-seekers dream. The area surrounding Denali is a place that drives Alaskans and non-Alaskans to visit. The scenery is breathtaking! There is nothing quite like standing in the Alaska wilderness looking up at the tallest mountain in North America. So it was fitting to include, Up on Denali, in our Children’s Alaska book review series.
Overview of Up On Denali
Up on Denali: Alaska’s Wild Mountain is a told by Shelley Gill. This beautifully illustrated book is a wonderful teaching tool for children. Something that I enjoy about this book is that even though the book was written while the mountain was named Mt. McKinley, the mountain is usually referred to as “Denali.” This makes it more consistent for use with other current Alaska study tools. (Many children’s books refer to its previous official name of Mt. McKinley.)
In her book, Up On Denali, Shelley Gill follows many different stories about animals and geology around Denali. Each page describes facts and stories about Denali in a concise and interesting way to keep your child’s attention. Learn about the Athabascan legend describing how Denali came to be and brief stories about those who have climbed the mountain. And most of all, learn about the animals, plants, and glaciers surrounding the highest mountain in North America.
One thing I love about Up On Denali are the illustrations. Not only are they beautiful, but they also are quite beautiful. Each page has a main illustration, surrounded by other small illustrations to teach you about this Alaskan wilderness. For instance, one page shows the main illustration of Dall sheep, surrounded by many smaller illustrations of wildflowers. I love that each of these smaller illustrations are labeled, making the book an excellent teaching tool.
Science & Facts
Depending on your beliefs, you may want to skip certain portions of text on pages 8-9 of the book. We believe in a young, mature earth created by God. These pages discuss the ages of glaciers and fossils in the millions of years. In our family, we do not skip all of these two pages, because it does talk fascinating facts such as how Denali is still growing to this day. It also discusses that dinosaur fossils have been found near Denali – super cool facts that we want to share with our kids! We simply skip portions that we don’t agree with, or use it as a tool to teach them about different belief systems.
In Conclusion: A Beautiful Book to Learn about Denali
Denali is a beautiful portion of land within Alaska. It is a place that many dream to see. I’m grateful that we live so close to this magnificent mountain so that our children can grow up seeing and visiting the Great Mountain. I’m also grateful that we have books that describe some of this beautiful place. If you are looking for a children’s book that specifically talks about the Denali region, Up On Denali is definitely the book for you.