Monday, February 24, 2014

New books from Sasquatch Press: Alaska's Sleeping Beauty and Alaska's Dog Heroes

*Disclosure: I received copies of these books to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

I love it when we receive new books in the mail- especially when the books arrive while grandparents are visiting! My parents love to read books to my kids, and we've been entertained by two new ones this past week. Both are from Sasquatch Press and they are entitled Alaska's Sleeping Beauty and Alaska's Dog Heroes. Here's a bit about them, from the Sasquatch Press website:

In the tradition of The Salmon Princess, an Alaskan adaptation of the fairy tale Cinderella, Alaska’s Sleeping Beauty will delight children and adults alike. When the queen of the King Salmon Fishery meets a talking salmon, she is told that a much-wished-for daughter will be born. At the birth celebration, one of the guests makes the pronouncement that the girl—named Alyeska—will choke on a salmon bone and die! But a wise old midwife speaks up to say that the girl will sleep for a long, long time and wake when her time is right. Even though the kingdom is built on salmon fishing, all fish is forbidden from the royal household. Still one day, Alyeska wanders into the woods and discovers salmon being smoked, and she tastes the forbidden food.
MINDY DWYER is a children’s book author and illustrator who lived in Alaska for many years and now lives in Port Townsend, WA.

 In Alaska, dogs really are a person’s best friend. These true canine stories from the last frontier describe remarkable acts of intelligence, stamina, loyalty, and heroism by Balto, Togo, Tekla, Stickeen, and more of Alaska’s famous dogs. From traversing mountains in winter with deliveries of life- saving medicine to fighting off bears and finding lost children, each beautifully illustrated and exciting story comes from the pages of Alaska’s history.
SHELLEY GILL was the fifth woman to complete the Iditarod Dogsled Race. When she’s not writing, Shelley travels to schools around the country. She lives in Homer, AK.

ROBIN JAMES has illustrated more than 75 books, including all of the titles in the Serendipity series. She lives in Snohomish, WA.

My mom and Vivian have been really enjoying Alaska's Sleeping Beauty. It's a great take on the Sleeping Beauty story, with lots of great illustrations and fun Alaska twists.  The boys in the family are big fans of Alaska's Dog Heroes. It's a nice book full of short stories about dogs that have done amazing things. And again, it has great illustrations to go along with the stories.

Both of these books are available February 2014.  Happy reading!