In America we have an abundance of everything. Food, wealth, time, you name it. This story allows your children to see how different their lives would be if they were simply born somewhere else. Anton's parents both work very hard yet they still don't have very much as far as money. He mentions seeing sweets at the store but not being able to buy them. How often do we run to target and just throw in a bag of M&Ms or something similar for our kids? I really like how it opens our kids eyes and allows the opportunity to talk about the differences between Anton's life and ours. Anton's Babushka (Grandmother) lives with them, nowadays that doesn't happen as much that is another difference.
In a world where global events dominate the news and our children have frequent exposure to other cultures, I See the Sun in Russia 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.
More information about the author, Dedie King, can be found on her website at www.iseethesunbooks.com. Dedie’s amazing life including her work in the Peace Corps, her international teaching and her traveling has prompted her in writing the series to “bring awareness to young children of both the sameness and the differences of cultures around the word.”
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