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Central Asia – Picture Books

November 16, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Picture books which take place in specific Central Asian nations.
Kazakhstan ; Kyrgyzstan ; Russia ; Tajikistan ; Turkmenistan ; Uzbekistan





Pictures at an Exhibition by Anna Harwell Celenza (Charlesbridge, 2003) 21*
Suggests how the death of a friend, Victor Hartmann, inspired the music of Modest Mussorgsky in St. Petersburg in the 1870s.

Sasha’s Matrioshka Dolls by Jana Dillon (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2003) 33*
Sasha’s grandfather makes her a tiny wooden doll, but the mice are able to carry it off, so he makes another slightly larger doll to hold the tiny one, and then another, and another.

Nikolai, the Only Bear by Barbara M. Joosse (Philomel, 2005) 41
Nikolai, a bear who lives in the orphanage in Novosibirsk, Russia, does not seem to fit in until the day some visitors arrive from America.

The Peddler’s Gift by Maxine Schur (Dial, 1999) 37
A young boy in turn-of-the-century rural Russia learns that appearances are often deceiving after he steals and then tries to return a dreidel to the traveling peddler Shnook.

When the Chickens Went on Strike: A Rosh Hashanah Tale adapted by Erica Silverman (Dutton, 2003) 69*
A Jewish boy living in Russia learns a lesson from the village chickens at the time of Rosh ha-Shanah, the Jewish New Year.

The Magic Babushka: An Original Russian Tale by Phyllis Tildes (Charlesbridge, 1998) 17
A gentle, nearsighted peasant girl rescues the legendary Baba Babochka and is rewarded with a magic babushka that enables her to create beautiful “pysanky,” or decorated eggs.

How Much Land Does a Man Need? by Leo Tolstoy (Crocodile, 2001) 2
In the land of the Bashkirs, Pakhom is promised as much land as he can walk around in one day.

Philipok by Leo Tolstoy (Philomel, 2000) 33*
Philipok’s mother has told him that he is too young to go to school, but one day he sets out to go on his own.




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