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De Capua, Sarah.
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New York : Benchmark Books, [2004]

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48 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color map ; 24 cm.
Highlights the geography, people, food, schools, recreation, celebrations, and language of Russia.
Where in the world is Russia? -- What makes Russia Russian? -- Living in Russia -- School days -- Just for fun -- Let's celebrate.
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DK510.23 .D4 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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For novice explorers eager to know how people in other parts of the world live, Discovering Cultures is the perfect guide. Not just sightseers, readers of this delightful series will discover the important things about real life in the country they are visiting. They will learn about different foods, schools, sources of recreation, holidays and festivals, languages, and geography. In each book brief biographies will introduce them to three notable native inhabitants, both historic and contemporary. "Count in..." sections (together with a pronunciation guide) will have them counting to ten in a second language. Fun sidebars introduce them to new songs, games, authentic recipes, and crafts. Full-color photographs enhance the straightforward text, and together they provide young readers with a thoroughly enjoyable gateway to other lands and cultures.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Organizing the book around geographical and cultural topics makes it appealing to young audiences, as do the colorful photographs of both winter and summer activities. However, in simplifying the text for this level, De Capua sometimes uses imprecise language that could be misleading. For example, it is inaccurate to say that "the country of Russia covers two continents: Asia and Europe." How are readers to interpret the statement that "the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean can be reached through the city of Saint Petersburg?" In making the sweeping statement that "Water surrounds Russia," the author ignores the long land boundary this country shares with its neighbors to the south. A tendency in books for youngsters is to focus on the exotic in order to appeal to their imagination, but it is simply wrong to say that, "farmers wear light shirts with decorated collars, cuffs, and hems." Members of folk orchestras may wear these shirts, but farmers don't. Another bizarre statement is that "People from other countries who live in Russia may also speak their own languages." Isn't this true everywhere? Although not free of errors, Susan H. Gray's Russia (Compass Point, 2001) is a better choice.-Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.