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Peter the Great Hardcover – August 25, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 6
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First American Edition edition (August 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068816708X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688167080
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4 This profusely illustrated biography has a moderate amount of good-sized text and at least one illustration on every two-page spread. Stanley's fine illustrations of Tsar Peter and his Russia are vivid and uncluttered, yet still give a sense of the ornate formality of the royal surroundings and attire. That Stanley concentrates on the extraordinary achievements of Peter the Great is not surprising, but the omission of some basic biographical data is a problem. Peter's ascent to the throne is presented as without difficulty, when it was actually a struggle for power among Peter, his half-brother Ivan, and his half-sister Sophia. The bitter upheavals caused by Peter's attempt to reform the church and limit its influence is reduced to the Tsar taxing long beards at court; his desire to establish Russia as a seapower is based on a pleasant sailing experience, instead of the military defeat at Azov that made Peter acknowledge his nation's lack of adequate sea vessels and ports. Peter's accomplishments are highlighted, while the measures he took to achieve such sweeping reforms are given scant attention. IncidentsPeter's childhood, his love of sailing, traveling across Europe in disguiseare described in an effort to make this complex historical figure accessible to the primary/middle grade age group, and in this Stanley is successful. A more balanced portrayalwith Peter the Great as less a saint of progress and more the ambitious ruleris yet to come. Janice M. Del Negro, Chicago Public Library
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, including The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Book Links Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Cup and the Crown; Saving Sky, winner of the Arab American Museum's Arab American Book Award and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year; Bella at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy; The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine; and A Time Apart.

Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


More About the Author

Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children, noted especially for her series of picture book biographies. SHAKA: KING OF THE ZULUS was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; LEONARDO DA VINCI received the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction from the National Council for Teachers of English. Ten of her books have been honored as "Notable Books" by the American Library Association and she has twice received both the Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Golden Kite Award. She is the recipient of the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for Nonfiction for the body of her work.

She lives in Santa Fe, NM. Visit her website at dianestanley.com.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin F. Lynch on December 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I handed this to my 11 year old son to read independently. I wasn't sure it would hold his interest since it lists the intended audience as much younger. However, he finished it one sitting, brought it back to me and said, "Before I read other history books, I want to read more about Peter the Great!" What more could one ask of a book? Now to try to find something that takes that next step...

BTW, he has also read a couple of her other books and enjoys them all. I asked if he would be interested in whatever else Diane Stanley has published and he expressed great eagerness.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on January 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book buys right into the theory that Russians are incapable of self-government and require a tyrannical dictator to haul them into order. Sheesh.

This is a 1986 book by Diane Stanley, and I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. Like all her books, this one is magnificently illustrated in the style of the time and place -- breathtaking illustrations on every page are more than worthwhile.

However, it is this kind of reading of Peter the Great forcibly modernizing a backward and reluctant traditional people that led to Stalin... and Putin.

Don't give a boost to history's bad guys by telling them people are incapable of self-rule.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I learned so much from this book. It is absorbing and I would love to share it with my students. Peter the Great is a very interesting figure and I wish I had been introduced to him earlier in my life.
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By cupofjojo on October 28, 2013
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This is a fun book, great illustrations and one that we have enjoyed as a read a loud with our family.
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