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Russian Americans

From the Set Our Cultural Heritage

Introduces readers to the Russian American culture, immigration aspects, customs, religion, foods, and holidays. Famous Russian Americans, as well as noted contributions and inventions by Russian Americans, are also presented.

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  • Leaving Russia
  • Building a new Life
  • Keeping Traditions Alive
  • Influencing American Culture
  • Time Line
  • Glossary Terms
  • For Further Information
  • Index
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Dewey 305.891
ATOS Reading Level 6.0
Guided Reading Level W
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Number of Pages
Graphics Full-color photographs, Historical photographs

A noteworthy review of Our Cultural Heritage from MultiCultural Review on September 1, 2003

This 12-volume series for students in the middle elementary grades (it is aimed at a fourth-grade reading level) describes the community and contributions of national groups of immigrants to the United States. Each volume contains four chapters: one on life in the country of origin, followed by chapters on the move to America, becoming established in a new country, and the cultural contributions the group has made. The large-type text is accompanied by numerous illustrations and drawings, most of which are fairly small and original to the period being discussed. Most chapters also include a one- or two-page sidebar on a particular American from that group or on a cultural topic. The volume on German Americans, for example, has sidebars on Revolutionary War heroine Molly Pitcher, the history of Ellis Island, and the singing von Trapp family (a slight stretch here, as they were Austrian). Many of the page spreads include a ‘Fascinating Facts’; in the Swedish-American volume, we learn that Charles Lindbergh’s grandfather, Mans Olsson Lindbergh, was a Swedish immigrant who served in the Union Army in the American Civil War. Without going into great depth, this series does connect life in these countries of origin with the immigrant experience as well as with the place each group has in American culture. Students will probably find it interesting to learn of the sometimes unexpected ethnic backgrounds of well-known people, such as in the chapter in the Arab-American volume that includes football player Doug Flutie, disc jockey Casey Kasem, and recent presidential candidate Ralph Nader. Each volume contain a time line, a glossary of the words bolded in the text, a short list of books and web sites for further reading, and an index.

A noteworthy review of Our Cultural Heritage from Children's Literature on November 1, 2002

Russian immigration to the United States is both a historical and modern day phenomena. While it is true that waves of immigrants from Russia surged across the Atlantic in the late 19th century and following the Russian Revolution of 1917, the process of coming to America from ‘Mother Russia’ continues. At present, the breakup of the former Soviet Union into multiple nation-states has precipitated a new flow of Russian immigrants. Approximately 50% of the immigrants who traveled from Russia to America are Jewish, however the present set of Slavic immigrants is more diverse in nature. In this illustrated work readers are afforded a snapshot of the Russian-American immigration and acculturation experience. Initially, Russian immigrants found life in America difficult. Jobs in meat packing plants in Chicago or on wheat fields in the Great Plains were starting points for many of those Russians who braved the journey to a New World. Yet, as the years passed, many Russians melded into the broader American culture. Modern day Russian immigrants are coming to America for reasons similar to their predecessors. Poverty and lack of opportunity in their homeland has spawned yet another wave of immigration. As the author of this well developed study points out, these immigrants not only find opportunity in their new homeland but also expand the diverse nature of American society.

A noteworthy review of Our Cultural Heritage from Midwest Book Review on October 1, 2002

Each book explains the history of the immigration and how experiences and motivations differed between groups. This series provides young readers with important information suitable for either supplemental classroom reading or reports.

Author: C. Ann Fitterer

C. Ann Fitterer has been writing for The Child's World for more than 15 years. She also writes under the name Cynthia Klingel. Most recently, she has co-written more than 70 Child's World books with Bob Noyed. Cindy and Bob have written books in the Wonder Books Phonics Readers series, the Wonder Books Nonfiction series and the Spirit of America Our Presidents series. They also helped to develop The Spirit of America publishing program, which began in fall 2001. Cindy also helped to develop the Wonder Books publishing program. Cindy was born in Mankato, Minnesota. She lived for a short time in Minneapolis, where she worked in publishing. The rest of the time, she has lived in Mankato, which she believes is a great place to grow up! As a child, Cindy loved reading, writing and playing with friends. She enjoyed playing sports, especially softball and football! She also loved to dance. She was a dance student and then teacher for 17 years! In third grade, Cindy won an award in a national publishing contest sponsored by a large publishing company. It was then that she decided she would be an author when she grew up. In college, Cindy studied English and elementary education. Although she was interested in many things, she loved working with students. So she graduated with degrees in teaching. Cindy has been a public school educator for almost 20 years. She has worked for a Minnesota school district as a high school English teacher, an elementary teacher and is currently a curriculum director. She loves children's literature and makes regular visits to the children's section in bookstores and libraries. Cindy lives in Minnesota with her two daughters. When she is not working or busy being a mom, she can be found digging in one of her gardens, spending time with her many friends or with her nose in a good book.