The Soviet Union in Literature for Children and Young Adults: An Annotated Bibliography of English-Language Books - Bibliographies and Indexes in World Literature (Hardback)
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The Soviet Union in Literature for Children and Young Adults: An Annotated Bibliography of English-Language Books - Bibliographies and Indexes in World Literature (Hardback)

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A comprehensive guide to children's and adolescent fiction, traditional literature, and biography/autobiography dealing with the nationalities of the Soviet Union, this book is intended as a resource for teachers, librarians, and parents seeking to imbue young people with a sympathetic understanding of another culture. It indicates the breadth of publications in the field and offers guidance in selecting the most appropriate books. The annotated bibliography thoroughly describes 536 books written in or translated into English and published from 1900 to 1990, portraying the lives of Russian and Soviet immigrants in Europe and North America. The literature itself reflects more than a thousand years of history, from the establishment of Kievan Rus', the largest state of early-medieval Europe, through the Mongol invasion and the rise and fall of imperial Russia, to the establishment of the Soviet Union and the period of political and cultural ferment in the early 1990s. The sources are grouped according to major geographical and political regions (The Russian Federation; The Ukraine, Byelorussia, and Moldavia; Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania; Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan; Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) and further divided by genres. Annotations generally provide plot summary, literary analysis and criticism, evaluation of illustrations, and information about literary and artistic awards. Reading and use levels are included with the citations. Indexes of author, translator, and illustrator, of titles, and of subjects are provided, with the latter referring to topical areas as well as historical periods and personages and geographical and political areas and terms. The volume introduction offers a survey of the Soviet lands and peoples and their literary activities, with special emphasis on literature for youth.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313251757
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 623 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 19 mm
Edition: Annotated edition


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"The classic Russian literature for young people provides a rich variety of experiences. Now, with all the changes in the Soviet republics, interest in this region has grown. Thus, this in-depth annotated bibliography of English-language books about the Soviet Union is a valuable reference for youth librarians. Coverage includes 536 books published from 1900 to 1990. They were either written in English or translated into English, usually Russian. Literature includes folktales (single works and collections), biographies of Soviet and Soviet Americans, and historical and contemporary fiction about Soviets and Soviet Americans. Annotations for each work include plot summaries, literary analysis, evaluation of illustrations, and mention of awards. Imprints note appropriate grade levels. Entries are grouped by major geographic and political regions (some of which are now separate countries--Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) and further divided into genre. Entries for Russia far outnumber those other regions. Two other features strengthen this bibliography. The introduction discusses the peoples of each region and their literary history. The indexes help access the entries by title, subject, and author, illustrator, or translator. Because the same folk characters or motifs appear in several collections or monographs, an index connecting them would have been handy; the subject index does not accomplish this task. The subject index is helpful in finding books on Jews, Tartars, Mennonites, and other minority groups. The editor appears to have included all the standard collections; she lists all her many sources. The annotations are clear and detailed . . . this bibliography is a convenientguide."-Booklist
"Povsic is an authority on children's literature of East Europe and this reference is the companion volume to her similar bibliography, Eastern Europe in Children's Literature (CH, Jan '87). It is a comprehensive bibliography of books written in English for children and adolescents (lower high school) published from 1900 to 1990. The 536 critical annotations, with bibliographic details and grade levels, are grouped into sections for five major geographic and political areas and further subdivided into traditional literature, biography and autobiography, historical fiction, and other fiction or a combination thereof. In the introduction Povsic discusses briefly the geographic composition of the Soviet Union and its various republics and their corresponding literature. There are three separate indexes: author, translator, and illustrator, title; and subject. The Soviet Union may be undergoing a political transformation but its rich literature will endure. Recommended for public libraries and academic libraries supporting children's literature programs."-Choice
?Povsic is an authority on children's literature of East Europe and this reference is the companion volume to her similar bibliography, Eastern Europe in Children's Literature (CH, Jan '87). It is a comprehensive bibliography of books written in English for children and adolescents (lower high school) published from 1900 to 1990. The 536 critical annotations, with bibliographic details and grade levels, are grouped into sections for five major geographic and political areas and further subdivided into traditional literature, biography and autobiography, historical fiction, and other fiction or a combination thereof. In the introduction Povsic discusses briefly the geographic composition of the Soviet Union and its various republics and their corresponding literature. There are three separate indexes: author, translator, and illustrator, title; and subject. The Soviet Union may be undergoing a political transformation but its rich literature will endure. Recommended for public libraries and academic libraries supporting children's literature programs.?-Choice
?The classic Russian literature for young people provides a rich variety of experiences. Now, with all the changes in the Soviet republics, interest in this region has grown. Thus, this in-depth annotated bibliography of English-language books about the Soviet Union is a valuable reference for youth librarians. Coverage includes 536 books published from 1900 to 1990. They were either written in English or translated into English, usually Russian. Literature includes folktales (single works and collections), biographies of Soviet and Soviet Americans, and historical and contemporary fiction about Soviets and Soviet Americans. Annotations for each work include plot summaries, literary analysis, evaluation of illustrations, and mention of awards. Imprints note appropriate grade levels. Entries are grouped by major geographic and political regions (some of which are now separate countries--Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) and further divided into genre. Entries for Russia far outnumber those other regions. Two other features strengthen this bibliography. The introduction discusses the peoples of each region and their literary history. The indexes help access the entries by title, subject, and author, illustrator, or translator. Because the same folk characters or motifs appear in several collections or monographs, an index connecting them would have been handy; the subject index does not accomplish this task. The subject index is helpful in finding books on Jews, Tartars, Mennonites, and other minority groups. The editor appears to have included all the standard collections; she lists all her many sources. The annotations are clear and detailed . . . this bibliography is a convenientguide.?-Booklist

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