The Spectacular World of Waldorf: Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Huge Russia, by Barbara Terry, Beth Ann Stifflemire and Vladimir Kirichenko ISBN 978-194327442-0
Five out of five stars
Mr. Waldorf is an intelligent canine that needs spectacles to read. He is also very curious about the world and so he travels to the largest country in the world, Russia. While there, he visits some of the primary wonders in the country, both natural and man-made. He visits the ballet, opera and zoo in Saint Petersburg, losing his spectacles while enjoying the opera.
From there, he travels eastward to Lake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake in the world. While boating, he has a conversation with a large fish. His next stop is in the eastern forests, where he has a conversation with a Siberian Tiger.
His last stop is in the capital Moscow, where he visits the Russian State Library. While there, he finds his spectacles and then settles into a comfortable chair to read a book by Tolstoy. This will give him an opportunity to rest and recuperate before he leaves for his next adventure.
The text is written at roughly the second grade level and the message is clear and appropriate for the age level. It gives the reader a solid introduction to Russia and some of the most spectacular sights in the country. There is little mention of the people, the only conversations are with other animals and the only pictures of humans are the ones of the ballet and opera.
The images are very colorful, the contrast between the colors is strong without approaching the overwhelming. They complement the text very well and there are a few amusing asides within them. For example, the polar bear in the zoo is eating a popsicle.
This book is one in a series of adventure books for children produced by the authors. From what I have seen here, they will form a significant resource for the study of various places around the world.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.