Gr 2-4-Polina, age seven, lives in a St. Petersburg high-rise with her parents; her grandparents live next door. This book purports to show one day in her life; judging by her many changes of clothing in the attractive full-color photographs, it obviously covers activities over a longer period. The pictures show the girl in the shower, eating breakfast, at the library, and at school, and then follow her through an implausibly busy afternoon: downtown with her mother, playing at home with friends, building and flying a kite with her grandfather and friends, and finally off to a dramatics group. Evening brings homework, tea, and a bedtime story. The numerous photographs are arranged in a pleasing format, and a folk design borders some of the page edges. Text and pictures, however, raise more questions than they answer: Is Polina in a public or school library? Why are she and her mother going downtown? Is this an everyday event? Does the girl eat dinner? If she is doing a report on Lake Baikal, why is she shown pointing to Tunisia? This book fails to convey meaningful details about a modern child's life today in a Russian city.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.