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Journey to the Soviet Union Paperback – January 1, 2005

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Grade 3-6 In 1982, the author, then ten years old, wrote to Soviet President Yuri Andropov asking "why you want to conquer the world or at least our country." In his answer, Andropov explained that that was not the case, and he invited Samantha to visit the Soviet Union. This first-person narrative is the result of that visit, as Samantha takes readers from press hype, including a spot on the Johnny Carson show, through her visit to the Soviet Union. This is not a geography book; it makes no attempt to describe the land, the government, culture, holidays or recreation. Casting aside governmental and political differences, with no attempt to explain Communism, it shows similarities among people, particularly children, and promotes a sense of likenesses rather than differences. The glorious photographs, most in color, show Samantha with groups of children or major Soviet landmarksthe Kremlin, Red Square, the Hermitage. Granted, everything Samatha sees is favorable, and none of the food or housing shortages are mentioned, much less the lack of freedom. However, the book fills a gap in the much needed area of information about the Soviet people as opposed to the Soviet system. Trev Jones, "School Library Journal"
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


As long as children ask challenging questions and grown-ups respond, there will be hope for humankind. Samantha Smith has become a symbol of hope to all children. Her simple question...led to greater human understanding and has shown us the power of a child in lessening the tensions between two world powers. --Lee Salk

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ocean Tree Books; Second edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943734444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943734446
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,188,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is about 11 year old Samantha Smith's trip to USSR in 1983 at the invitation of Yuri Andropov. Samantha wrote a letter to ask the Soviet Premier if he is going to have a war - nuclear war was on the minds of children on both sides of the ocean in the 1980s. The book describes the events after she mailed her letter. Well-written, colorfully illustrated it is a good resource for children who want to learn about getting along with others, different from us.
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