Blue Skies and Golden Fields: Celebrating Ukraine

Capstone. Sept. 2022. 32p. Tr $29.32. ISBN 9781669033035.
Gr 2-4–A loving portrait of a country currently in conflict, this book explains the geography, history, and culture of Ukraine, including its current war with Russia. Large full-color pictures are included. The tone is upbeat and cheerful, even when writing about difficult topics. At times the hyperbolic language feels out of place in a work of nonfiction. Sunflowers are called “magical” and the country is described as having a “zillion” landscapes. Additional resources are not included; however, a summary of facts, including the Ukrainian alphabet, and an index are present.
VERDICT A well-intentioned but occasionally insufficient work of nonfiction. Recommended for large collections or those without current information on Ukraine.

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