It is hard to describe a book as unique as this collection of poetry by an eight-year-old Russian girl. Turbina writes with the sensibilities of an adult but retains the purity of vision only a perceptive child can possess. Her poems reflect an acute awareness of the toll modern life takes on childhood: ``On some days the image of/ the sun is bluer than ice,/ put that under my pillow/ in the morning, but don't wait./ Listen, don't wait./Childhood has run away from me.'' A startling literary beginning; one can only hope for its continuing development. Recommended for public libraries with strong Young Adult collections. Alphonse Vinh, Yale Univ. Lib.