Gr 3-5-Fifteen topics covering geography, daily life, culture, and history are treated in short segments of a page or two. The information is presented from the point of view of a girl who lives in St. Petersburg. The format, aided by one or more attractive photographs per page, should appeal to young readers. Unfortunately, this generally satisfactory book is marred by a few typos; misinformation in a sidebar that attributes average temperatures that would be found in Siberia to Astrakhan, located close to the Caspian Sea in a relatively temperate climate; and some errors in photo captions. For example, the transportation section is well written but does have an unusual spelling of Vladivostok. An accompanying photo of people crossing a street with a well-known St. Petersburg landmark in the background is captioned "Most people in Moscow get around on foot." In fact, Moscow and St. Petersburg both depend on extensive metro and bus services to move people around. Transliterations of some basic vocabulary and the Russian numbers from 1 to 10 appear on the endpapers but there are no pronunciation guides. Since the focus is on St. Petersburg and Moscow, better readers will learn more from Deborah Kent's Moscow (2000) and St. Petersburg (1997, both Children's), but for most children, Welcome to Russia will serve as an adequate, though flawed introduction.-Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.