When we found out the Coast Guard was moving us from Washington D.C. to Alaska in 2017, we were ecstatic. We wanted to give the kids something meaningful that would help them learn about our soon-to-be-home. So we purchased a book. This book was L is for the Last Frontier: An Alaska Alphabet by Carol Crane. We have owned this book for well over two years, and I still read this book multiple times a week. My children loved it the first time we read it, eagerly asking questions about our new home. And today? Well, after reading it 5,893 times, they still love it. And here’s a little secret…so do I. And that’s saying something considering the fact that I’ve read it 5,893 times!
L is for the Last Frontier Overview
As you might have guessed from the title, L is for the Last Frontier puts each letter in the alphabet to something unique about Alaska. A few examples are D is for Denali, I is for the Iditarod, and N is for the Northern Lights. Each letter has a small poem about it, with unique and engaging facts about what the letter stands for. And yes, the poems have a good rhythm and flow. A few of the other state alphabet books simply don’t flow and it drives me a little insane while reading them. But the Alaska book flows so it’s easy to read.
You have two options for this book. The first is to just read the little poem about each letter and its corresponding Alaska wonders. This goes fairly quickly, and keeps the attention of both older and younger children. But if you have a little extra time, each page has a few short paragraphs written about Denali, the Iditarod, the Northern Lights, and all of the other items described in the book. It is very informative, teaching children quite a bit about some of the things that make Alaska unique. The two reading options is one of the things that I most love about the book.
The illustrations in L is for the Last Frontier are beautiful and unique. As you read more of my book reviews, you’ll find that I’m simply not one of those Moms who enjoys cartoon or non-realistic illustrations. Not that there is anything wrong with them – I just prefer the beauty and simplicity of realistic sketches, pictures, and art. My children enjoy these full color illustrations and it really helps the book come to life. Before we moved to Alaska, they loved staring at them and asking if we would see some of these things – like grizzly bears, Northern lights, and dogs running in the Iditarod. And the photos did a wonderful job preparing them so that when we did see them, they knew exactly what they were! Now that we’ve lived in Alaska for a while, the illustrations are no less engaging. The children love to study the pages, and often comment “Mommy! We’ve seen that!” and it just makes my heart happy.
L is for the Last Frontier – A family favorite!
So what is the conclusion of our L is for the Last Frontier review? It’s a family favorite! If you want a good overall Alaska book, this is one that I cannot recommend highly enough! It’s beautiful and gives a delightful overview of all that this beautiful state of Alaska has to offer. Be sure to check your library for it or purchase it from Amazon!