Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Story Time: Books About Russia

Exploring a different country can be as easy as picking up a book. For our recent exploration of Russia, we found many fun books about the country, the culture, and the folklore. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Russia (True Books: Countries) is a great book for a quick overview of the country. It touches on the culture, people, geography, and history in an easy-to-understand format. It's a good choice for introducing a young child to a new country.

The Matryoshka doll is an easily recognized Russian toy. This sweet story, The Littlest Matryoshka by Corinne Demas Bliss, tells the story of a set of dolls that get separated after they end up in a toy store in America.

The Gigantic Turnip is a Russian folktale that has been retold time and time again. The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksie Tolstoy and Niamh Sharkey is a fun retelling of this story with bright, vivid illustrations perfect for even the youngest kids.

Clay Boy by Mirra Ginsburg is another retelling of a classic Russian folktale. It's fast-paced and fun. This one is better suited for ages 4 and up.

Patricia Polacco often draws on her Russian heritage when writing and illustrating her popular children's books. In Luba and the Wren, she tells a version of The Fisherman and His Wife that would be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

Do you have any book recommendations for learning about Russia?
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  1. Thanks for sharing this reading list. We're always looking for different books to help my son learn about different cultures. The Gigantic Turnip looks like one we can add to our list! :)

  2. Wow nice collection of books! Thanks for sharing :)


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