This is the fourth book in a series for young children that will introduce them to other cultures through pictures and language.
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The long-awaited Russian installment of the award-winning I See The Sun Series of children’s books by Dedie King and Judith Inglese provides a glimpse into the daily life of an average, modern Russian family as seen through the eyes of Anton, a young boy growing up in the city of Saint Petersburg.
In a world where global events dominate the news and our children have frequent exposure to other cultures, this book offers a unique perspective that simply is not available anywhere else. What’s more, the story is engaging. Anton’s parents work long days to provide for their family. Like many Russian families, they have a small country cabin called a dacha, where they can relax on weekends and vacation in the summer. Anton has a talent for music and attends a special public music school. His brother, on the other hand, goes to a regular public school. Despite a turbulent history and ongoing economic and political hardships, the story portrays that the people of St. Petersburg retain great pride in their heritage, the beauty of their city and the richness of their culture.
Like the other books in the I See The Sun Series, I See the Sun in Russia was written in English and also translated into Russian by Irina Ossapova, a woman who has lived her entire life in St. Petersburg. I See the Sun in Russia was vetted independently for authenticity and accuracy and is richly illustrated with collages made from original photographs and colorful drawings. It also includes an overview of the country, a glossary of unfamiliar words, and a map that highlights where Russia is on the globe.
I See The Sun in Russia provides a brief history lesson about Russia and St. Petersburg with e wonderful collage pictures of both Anton and his family set against actual pictures of the city of St. Petersburg. For any family who has an ancestor from Russia, this book would be a wonderful way to share that heritage. It would also provide home schooling parents ideas for project work and interesting additional research. The possibilities for learning and sharing are endless.
About the author: Dedie King was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal in the mid sixties. She taught school in Katmandu and in Bandipur. She returns periodically to visit friends in Bandipur. Presently Dedie practices Taoist acupuncture in Massachusetts.
About the illustrator: Judith Inglese, the illustrator, has been designing and fabricating ceramic tile murals for public environments for more than thirty years. Her commissions include libraries, schools, hospitals and municipal and institutional buildings like the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Her murals often focus on the play and imagination of children as well as cross-cultural exchange and community. Illustrating the "I See the Sun" series has given her another medium for examining these themes and celebrating children around the world. It is her first collaboration and publication.