R Is for Russia

R Is for Russia

by Vladimir Kabakov, Prodeepta Das
     
 

From Dacha to Winter Palace, from Easter Eggs to Kremlin, here is a photographic alphabet of everything we love best about Russia. The Russian Federation is a vast land of forests and steppes, deserts, rivers, lakes and big cities. Over centuries of splendor, revolution and change, our country has produced some of the greatest scientists, sportsmen and women,

Overview

From Dacha to Winter Palace, from Easter Eggs to Kremlin, here is a photographic alphabet of everything we love best about Russia. The Russian Federation is a vast land of forests and steppes, deserts, rivers, lakes and big cities. Over centuries of splendor, revolution and change, our country has produced some of the greatest scientists, sportsmen and women, writers, dancers and composers in the world. The perfect introduction to a fascinating country.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"C is for Chess, a popular game with both adults and children.
Some of the greatest world chess champions are Russian[. . .]
D is for Dacha or country cottage. Most of us live in towns, but we love
to spend time at our dacha."
— from the book
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—From astronauts to the popular football team Zenit, this book escorts readers through 26 engaging snapshots of Russian life, history, and culture. The entries, each accompanied by a color photograph, assume the role of tour guide, making readers feel like insiders. "Our most famous kremlim is in Moscow....Inside, you will see some wonderful churches…." While the text exhibits pride in Russian achievements ("Many Russian gymnasts have become Olympic champions"), it steers clear of jingoism; the author's note at the beginning of the book is welcoming and warm. Though this title is of particular interest to those about to travel through Russia, any young student intrigued by or learning about other nations will enjoy this delightful ABC.—Rebecca Dash Donsky, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Using a combination of Russian and English words to fit into the English alphabet structure, the author tries to summon up a grand picture of Mother Russia. Most pages have one large color photo, generous white space, a line of traditional embroidery design that matches the color of the design behind each set of English letters--capitals and smalls--and a narrow photo border. (The Cyrillic letters are not used--an unfortunate choice, as that might have made the book more interesting.) A short paragraph describes each photo. The emphasis is on Russia today, although references to the Kremlin, the Winter Palace and the Queen (or Tsaritsa) allude to the past. The Communist period is obliterated, although the Revolution is mentioned. Bowing to children's interests, topics include: "G is for Gymnastics," "M is for Matryoshka" (nesting dolls), "Y is for Youth Club" and "Z is for Zenit," a famous football club (soccer team). Meant for the armchair traveler or for introducing a social studies unit, this skims the surface of this largest country on Earth. The series is starting to suffer from its now-overfamiliar pattern, but those seeking a glossy, positive image of Russia complete with "E is for Easter eggs" (with its wooden folk-art eggs contrasted with Fabergé eggs), can glean a sense of contemporary life and the rich history behind it. (Informational photo essay. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847804273
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Series:
World Alphabets Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

PRODEEPTA DAS was born in Cuttack, in eastern India. He is a freelance photographer and author whose pictures have been published in over 20 children's books. In 1991 Inside India, which he also wrote, won the Commonwealth Photographer's Award. Prodeepta's books for Frances Lincoln are P is for Pakistan, Prita Goes to India, K is for Korea, We are Britain!, Geeta's Day, I is for India, J is for Jamaica, Kamal Goes to Trinidad, P is for Poland, T is for Turkey, S is for South Africa, R is for Russiaand B is for Bangladesh. Prodeepta lives in London.'

Vladimir Kabakov was born in Irkutsk, in Siberia. After leaving school, he did his military service in the Soviet Army and worked at the University of Irkutsk. He has been a carpenter, geologist and teacher, and is a sports coach and director of a St Petersburg youth club. He is also a writer and journalist. His latest Russian book, They say that Bears Don't Bite was published in 2007. Vladimir now lives in London, and returns to Russia every year. He is married with two children.

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