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From Russia with Love

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I meant to post this before the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, but somehow the list kept getting longer and time slipped by. This unit study combines Russian folklore, history, geography, music, language, arts, and culture; these sources are inspired by my own love of Russian history and culture and my daughters’ love of dancing around the house to classic Russian ballets. There’s a bit of magic here—the spellbinding experience of glimpsing another culture, time, and place through the arts. The texts, music, and activities transport audiences to a snowy world filled with onion-shaped domes and enchanted forests. I hope you enjoy your travels through Russia as much as we do—the only cost is imagination, and you can return again and again.

READ

Around the World Russian Timeline by TIME for kids

At the Wish of a Fish by J. Patrick Lewis and Katya Krénina

Baboushka and the Three Kings by Ruth Robbins and Nicolas Sidjakov

Babushka by Sandra Ann Horn and Sophie Fatus

Clever Katya by Mary Hoffman

Famous Children: Tchaikovsky by Ann Rachlin and Susan Hellard

First Thousand Words in Russian by Heather Amery and Stephen Cartwright

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship by Arthur Ransome and Uri Shulevitz

The Frog Princess by J. Patrick Lewis and Gennady Spirin

Frog Went A-Traveling by Amanda StJohn and David Wenzel

The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy and Niamh Sharkey

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

The Little Humpbacked Horse by Elizabeth Winthrop and Alexander Koshkin

The Littlest Matryoshka by Corinne Demas Bliss and Kathryn Brown

Luba and the Wren by Patricia Polacco

The Magic Nesting Doll by Jacqueline Ogburn and Laurel Long

Peter the Great by Diane Stanley

Russia by CIA’s World Factbook

Russia ABC’s by Ann Berge and Jeff Yesh

Russia in Colors by Catherine Ipcizade

Sasha’s Matrioshka Dolls by Jana Dillon and Deborah Nourse Lattimore

The Sea King’s Daughter by Aaron Shepard and Gennady Spirin

The Snow Princess by Ruth Sanderson

The Tale of the Firebird by Gennady Spirin

The Wolfhound by Kristine L. Franklin and Kris Waldherr

 

WATCH and LISTEN

American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake

Anastasia

Disney’s 1946 Peter and the Wolf

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s Peter and the Wolf

Kirov Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture

Sesame Street’s Elmo’s Musical Adventure: Peter and the Wolf

The Snow Maiden

Teach Me More Russian

 

MAKE and PLAY

Color the Russian flag or St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Color a world map.

Decorate Fabergé eggs.

Learn to play chess.

Prepare traditional Russian dishes (try the blini!).

Print and color nesting dolls or paint your own.

Recreate Russian architecture.

Stamp your passport to Moscow.

 

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