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Welcome to Russia
Costain, Meredith.
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Publication Information:
Broomall, PA : Chelsea House Publishers, 2002.

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 26 cm.
General Note:
Originally published: South Yarra [Vic.] : Macmillan Library, 2000, in series: Macmillan countries.

Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.5 1.0 58020.
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DK510.23 .C67 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
DK510.23 .C67 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In each volume of this series, a youngster from the highlighted country introduces the reader to his or her family, school, culture, festivals, and religion. The books also discuss the landscape, climate, major cities, and landmarks of each nation covered. Each book includes a recipe and craft particular to a culture. The series is presented in an interesting, easy-to-read format that makes learning about countries fun.

Author Notes

Meredith Costain is an Australian children's author, born in 1955. She is the literary editor of national children's magazines, Comet, Explore and Challenge. Her awards include the Mary Grant Bruce Story Award and the Aurealis Convenor's Award. Her work includes Doodledum Dancing, illustrated by Pamela Allen; Penguin is Bed Tails, illustrated by Mitch Vane; and her latest, book 8 in the Ella Diaries Series and a bestseller, Worst Camp Ever!, illustrated by Danielle McDonald.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



A youngster from Russia introduces the reader to his or her family, school, culture, festivals, and religion. The book also discusses Russia's landscape, climate, major cities, and landmarks. A traditional recipe and craft are also included. This easy-to-read format makes learning about countries fun. Excerpted from Welcome to Russia by Meredith Costain, Paul Collins All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.