Gr 3-6-- Words such as ``barn,'' ``icon,'' and ``teapot'' are represented in paintings and objects from the collections of three Russian museums, most notably, the Hermitage. Although most of the objects reflect Russian culture and history, several European paintings from that collection are included. Accompanied by beautifully reproduced full-color photographs, each object is presented with its Cyrillic alphabet character, the Russian name, a transliterated pronunciation, and an English translation. In keeping with the book's bilingual tone, its introduction and captions are written in both Russian and English. While the artwork will probably appeal more to adults than children, this is nevertheless a unique introduction to Russian language and culture. --Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State Univ ., Normal
Part of Abrams' tall, skinny ABC series featuring reproductions of art from museum collections, this uses paintings and artifacts from three Russian museums to illustrate the alphabet that is the basis of the Russian language. Each picture is accompanied by three words: the first is the Russian name of the object in the Cyrillic alphabet, the second is the Russian name transliterated into the Latin alphabet (showing pronunciation), and the last is an English translation. The introduction appears in Russian as well as English. Beautifully reproduced on heavy paper, the illustrations, which feature paintings, ceramics, and artifacts, may appeal to adults more than to children. A unique, albeit brief, introduction to the Russian language's alphabet.