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Catherine the Great: Empress of Russia (Wicked History) Library Binding – September, 2009


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*Starred Review* The Wicked History series does a great job of introducing kids to some notorious names. The compact hardcovers don’t sensationalize, but they make the point that their subjects are very ruthless people indeed. Catherine the Great might be causally known as a cruel dictator with lots of lovers, but author Vincent shows how the Empress of Russia actually took on her position (well, after she had her husband murdered) with some good intentions. Smart, unafraid, and well read, Catherine wanted to use the ideas of the Enlightenment to uplift Russia and its citizens. While able to make some improvements, palace intrigue as well as Catherine’s own personality brought out her iron will. Young readers will find the manipulation of Catherine’s early days particularly interesting. One of the best things about this series is the care that has been taken with the design and format. From the eye-catching covers to the solid maps and historical engravings and illustrations (all made to look of a piece, even though they may be from different sources), the books have pick-me-up appeal. Even kids who don’t think they like history may change their minds when confronted with these. Grades 6-9. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Wicked History
  • Library Binding: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Reprint edition (September 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606151362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606151368
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,898,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a good book, but it seems as though it's like a non-fiction, romancy, soap-opera of Catherine the Great's life.
This is still a good book for learning about Catherine the Great, though.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Hirose on April 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book along with Cixi: Empress of China is also geared towards teenagers or middle school children. It is informative and well done.
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