McGehee s lyrical nfiction story recounts the 1918 1919 winter spent on Alaska s Fox Island from the point of view of nine-year-old Rocky, son of the painter Rockwell Kent. Vivid scratchboard-styleillustrations echo the rugged subject matter with enchantment as Rocky explores the wilderness and becomes accustomed to island life. Including a Common Core teacher s guide, this engaging book shows Alaska from a young boy s appreciative and imaginative point of view.
Claudia McGehee is a Pacific Northwest native and Midwest transplant. An award-winning author and illustrator of three natural history picture books, Claudia became captivated by Rockwell Kent and his family s story after happening upon his paintings.