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Title:
Russia
Author:
De Capua, Sarah.
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Publication Information:
New York : Benchmark Books, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
48 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color map ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Highlights the geography, people, food, schools, recreation, celebrations, and language of Russia.
Language:
English
Contents:
Where in the world is Russia? -- What makes Russia Russian? -- Living in Russia -- School days -- Just for fun -- Let's celebrate.
ISBN:
9780761417163
Format :
Book

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Highlights the geography, people, food, schools, recreation, celebrations, and language of Russia.


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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.