JUNEAU - The toddler who likes to get down and dirty will appreciate a new book just released by the Alaska Natural History Association.
"Gus and Annie: Glacier Ice Worms" features colorful and whimsical illustrations by Anchorage artist Dan Miller and a rhyming text by Pamela Laurila. The book answers questions such as: What do worms eat? Where do they live? Why don't they freeze as they crawl about the surfaces of glaciers? Could I find some myself?
"Gus and Annie" is the first board book produced by the association, which publishes educational materials about Alaska's natural and cultural history. "Gus and Annie" was produced in cooperation with the Chugach National Forest, where many hikers go to find ice worms.
The book sells for $6.95 and is available at www.alaskanha.org or by calling toll-free (866) 274-8440. Members receive discounts on purchases.