As my kids get older, they are becoming more and more aware of the Earth, and the idea that it is a very big place. Part of teaching them about diversity is teaching them about all the different cultures and people that live here in the United States. But just as important is exposing them to the idea that there are other kids, a lot like them, who live all over the world. They eat, they play, they have families, and hopes and dreams. But their lives look a little different. Different kinds of food, different weather.
In the back of the book is a one page brief history that will help round out the story, and allow parents to answer questions they may not be able to without it. The book is written in both English and Russian.
Book for Children Ages: 4 years old and older
Family Reading Time: If you have a teenager learning Russian as their second language in high school, this may be a fun excercise for them. For everyone else, your older children will enjoy looking at the style of illustrations, and using this as a starting point to learn more about Russia.
- Even if you do not know Russian, this is a good chance to point out the Russian words in the book and talk with your child about different languages and different kinds of letters.
- What things did you see in the book that are the same as how we do things in our home?
- What things did you notice that were different?
- If you met someone who lived in another country, what questions would you want to ask? What things would you want to tell them about your home?
- Write a book about a day in your own life. Take pictures throughout the day, or draw pictures to show the different things you do and enjoy.
- Draw a map of your neighborhood or city (depending on the age and ability of your child). Mark on it important places, such as the grocery store you usually go to, the park, a statue, a friends house, etc.
- Potatoes are a common ingredient in Russian food. Make your favorite potato recipe together, or make Solyanka like Anton had for lunch at school.
Cultural Diversity: Russia does not have a great deal of racial diversity, and this book accurately represents that. However, it is a great chance to expose your child to a new country, language, and culture.
Children's Book Review Rating: 4.5 Stars*