Letter for Daria

Letter for Daria

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by Ekaterina Gordeeva, Daria Grinkov, Antonina W. Bouis, Gordeeva Ekaterina
     
 
In this wise and loving book, the Olympic gold medal-winning skater Ekaterina Gordeeva talks to her young daughter, Daria, about the strength of family life and tradition, as well as about a mother's hopes for her daughter. Remembering the inspiration and strength she received from her own grandmother, her babushka, Ekaterina tells Daria about some of the experiences

Overview

In this wise and loving book, the Olympic gold medal-winning skater Ekaterina Gordeeva talks to her young daughter, Daria, about the strength of family life and tradition, as well as about a mother's hopes for her daughter. Remembering the inspiration and strength she received from her own grandmother, her babushka, Ekaterina tells Daria about some of the experiences that have shaped the past as, alone since the death of Daria's father, Sergei, the two of them look to the future. Illustrated with wonderful photographs and Daria's drawings, this is a special book that mothers and daughters will want to share with each other.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Russian figure-skating champion Gordeeva follows up My Sergei, a tender tribute to her late husband and skating partner, with this equally sentimental collection of musings and advice for her daughter, Daria. Within a very loose chronology, Gordeeva shares memories of Daria's birth in 1992 and the hectic but happy family life she enjoyed until Sergei Grinkov's sudden and unexpected death three years later. But this is no maudlin recounting; Gordeeva reflects on the joys of her life and clearly expresses her hopes and dreams for her daughter in encouraging, nurturing words. Readers will take away a strong sense of familyespecially in passages where Gordeeva stresses the importance of Russian babushkas (notably her own grandmother and great-grandmother) as an essential support system, and will detect their loving bonds in the numerous color photographs. The book has a rambling feel with no formal organization, and phrasing and sentence structure occasionally remind readers that English is not Gordeeva's native language. But regardless of format, Gordeeva's sincerity shines through and her life philosophy is one that will inspire many. Ages 8-up. (May)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5--Gold-medal winner Gordeeva writes to her six-year-old daughter in this autobiographical letter. Each of the nine short chapters touches on a different aspect or time in the skater's life. Although the easy-to-read text is clearly written and concise, Gordeeva does not go into depth about her or her late husband's lives. She touches on a few differences between Russian and American cultures, her feelings about training, and her thoughts on religion, and shares some of her hopes and dreams for both her and her daughter's futures. The result is a charming story through which readers can peek into the life and thoughts of a star athlete. Uncaptioned full-color photographs depict the happy family life the author describes. Although it will not suit the needs of report writers, this heartfelt account of an athlete's struggles and triumphs will enhance both sports and biography collections.--Barb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316329941
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Pages:
83
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
4 - 9 Years

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Letter for Daria 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Kat94 More than 1 year ago
My mother and I both read this cute tribute to Ekaterina Gordeeva's daughter Daria Grinkova and really enjoyed it! It's great for mothers and daughters looking for a smile and a good bonding session. I prefer Ekaterina's first book "My Sergei" much, much more, but I own both of them and treasure them just the same. I will for sure share this with my daughter one day, I'm encouraging you to share it with yours.