I See the Sun in Russia
By Dedie King with illustrations by Judith Inglese
For children ages 4 and up
I See the Sun in Russia, the fourth book in the award-winning I See the Sun in. . . . series, is the story of a day in the life of Anton, a young boy growing up in St. Petersburg, Russia. Anton loves to play the violin and he and his family hope that one day he will play in an orchestra. On this day his class takes a field trip to the Hermitage Palace, but there’s still time for violin lessons and playing soccer in the hall of his apartment building before supper. A country overview and glossary is included for parents and teachers who want to go beyond the story and talk more about Russia and why it is important. In English and Russian.
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When talented violinist, Anton, wakes on a snowy morning in St. Petersburg, he embarks on a day that likely seems unimaginable to young American readers. From the darkness that lingers through the morning to the stray cats who congregate around the radiators in Anton’s apartment building to the tempting candies that are far beyond his family’s financial reach, the world differs significantly from what we would call ordinary. But amidst the cold, the snow, the darkness, and the struggle, Anton radiates contentment with the good food served in the school cafeteria, the satisfaction of performing with a group of violinists, the fun of playing soccer with a friend. The pleasures and difficulties Anton experiences are, in the end, not so foreign after all. This recognition is the point of the beautifully illustrated I See the Sun series, of which this volume is the fourth. Daily life looks different in Russia–just as it does in Nepal or China or even in the house next door. But beneath the differences that are tied to culture and geography are values common to people around the world–love of family, pursuit of success, pleasure in nourishment.
—San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review