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Alaska

Illustration of salmon

FOOD

There are many ways to cook salmon, including grilling, smoking, and baking. They're all tasty! The five types of salmon are chinook salmon, coho salmon, sockeye salmon, pink salmon, and chum salmon.

Illustration of a polar bear

ANIMAL

The polar bear is well suited to its habitat, the northernmost regions of the earth. Its layer of blubber, up to 4 1/2 inches thick, keeps it warm, even at 30 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. And they're huge! The male polar bear can weigh over 1,500 pounds!

Flag of Alaska

FLAG

The Alaskan state flag is blue with eight stars on it. The blue represents the forget-me-not flower and the sky. Seven of the stars make up the Big Dipper. The eighth star is the North Star. The flag was designed by a 13-year-old.

Shape of Alaska

STATE SHAPE

You know, if you lean back, and kind of squint, the shape of Alaska looks kind of like a delivery truck driving away into the distance, leaving a set of tire tracks behind it. But you have to squint just right.