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Peter the Great

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"Stanley now proves her skill as a biographer with her story of Peter the Great, the extraordinary tsar of the 17th and 18th century Russia. She focuses on Peter's 'life's work: bringing Russia into the modern world.' Her material is presented with . . . a plethora of details that are sure to fascinate children".--Publishers Weekly. Full color.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1986)
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Mandy Beyers
A very short book about Peter the Great - the Tsar who drug Russia (kicking and screaming) into more modern times. This is a children's book, so it is not very detailed, but the artwork is beautiful and there is enough information to whet the appetite about a historical figure whose name I knew, but not much else. I did find it very interesting that he learned to do things from the ground up (like shipbuilding), and wanted to do away with people being given positions they had not earned from sta...more
Great book with lots of pictures to portray the life of Peter the Great in Russia. The pictures were very fitting to the story, and I'm glad the books portrayed both sides of Peter's life and ambitions: both the good and bad. Appropriate for 3 to 5th grade range. My children like Diane Stanley's historical books.
May 08, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fascinating look at the life of Peter the Great. I have had the wonderful opportunity to live in Saint Petersburg for a month and so I have seen first-hand the wonders of the "Venice of the North." I did not, however, learn as much about Peter as I did when I read this story.

The details were very interesting and I loved that he was as interested about learning how to build and sail (and even perform surgery) as he was in ruling the country. I did not know about some of the social chan...more
We have yet to be disappointed with Diane Stanley. This wonderful biography of Peter the Great captures both his hard work and impatience to revolutionize Russia. It also hints at the tensions created by Peter's rejection of the Russian nobility and high taxation of the people to fund his dreams. Diane Stanley does it again, and this one is a keeper!
I read this book aloud to my daughters.

We really enjoy Stanley's biography series. This is the third one this month! The books are exquisitely illustrated, and the text is factual without being overwhelming for children.

We will look for more of Stanley's biographies.
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