From Kansas Wheat Fields to Alaska Tundra

  • by Naomi Gaede-Penner
  • Narrated by Shawna Windom
  • 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What is the prescription for finding home in Alaska? Take one young Mennonite girl and transplant her from the flatland prairies of Kansas. Give her village potlatches, school in a Quonset hut, the fragrance of wood smoke, Native friends, a doctor for a father who creates hunting tales and medical adventures with a bush plane, a mother who makes the tastiest moose roasts and has the grit to be a homesteader, and throw in a batch of siblings. Weave into her journey the perspectives of her family members and have them face the lack of conveniences, isolation from extended family, freezing temperatures, and unknown hardships. Mix all these together with an attitude of humor, ingenuity, optimism, and you'll get a sense of adventure!
"We come to Alaska for different reasons - job, love, adventure, a new start - or because we're born here. We stay because we find what we're looking for in short: home. Home is a sense of fitting in, a feeling rather than a structure of wood and shingles. The Gaede family had many structures to live in, but it took the hard work and sweat equity of the homestead before they found home. Belonging is the theme of Naomi Gaede-Penner's book Finding Home in Alaska in her Prescription for Adventure series. This book takes a look at the Alaska adventures of the Gaede clan from the points of view of Ruby Gaede and the kids: Naomi, Ruth, Mark, and Mishal." (Fairbanks News-Miner)
Naomi Penner is a writer, educator, and speaker with a background in English education and a master's degree in counseling. She believes everyone has a story to tell and encourages each person to find a medium to express, preserve, and pass along that story. Not only does she write about adventure, she lives it. Check her website for information on new writing projects, promotional events, reading guides, homeschooling materials, and a glimpse of her frequent outdoor adventures: www.prescriptionforadventure.com.

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Fairly interesting story

The reader was clear but read like an amateur. The story seemed to be amateurly written also but maybe it was just the reader...?
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- Monica

Written more for local Residents.....

I wasn't a fan of this book!. It seems like it was written more for the people of the area with the way they gave street addresses and directions to local locations. If I lived in this small town I might have enjoyed reading about my neighborhood, buts its doubtful!

The story felt like it was written my a child. Basically it wasn't a story but a book on events (if that makes sense). Each time I would try and enjoy it my mind would wonder off to work or daily chores I needed to get to. I always know when a book isn't good when it can't hold my attention. I read or listen to books to escape my crummy life and when I start thinking I should be cleaning the house instead of this.... its a DUD!

I love adventure story's more so if they are in Alaska. If your looking for a great Alaskan adventure story go for; Call of the American Wild; A Tenderfoot's Escape to Alaska - by Guy Grieve....... Its a good one!
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- Pamela M. "A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-06-2011
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing