- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 920 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (August 25, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 068816708X
- ISBN-13: 978-0688167080
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter the Great Hardcover – August 25, 1999
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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 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. Well known as the author and illustrator of award-winning picture-book biographies, she is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.
Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales: The Giant and the Beanstalk, Goldie and the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. dianestanleybooks.com.
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Overall, it is a good read. There is always a problem in determining the validity of accounts about people who lived in the 17th century. Though the written language was becoming more common, education was still somewhat limited to the wealthier classes of society. Accordingly, the things that were considered fitting topics for written record were determined by a different standard. In discussing militaristic exploits, there might be a tendency to flavor the account in a way more flattering to the victor. This is especially true if the victor is a despot who could end the author's life at will. In discussing attributes of a ruler, the tale may be dictated more by the times in which that ruler lived. Among the ancient despots, it was probably more important that subjects feared retribution so that rebellion was less likely. This would likely have been the case here. Although, we do get accounts in this writing of a ruler who had an intellectual curiosity about the things around him that caused him to want to know everything he could, Peter's temper and vicious treatment towards detractors receives more detailed emphasis.
While Jacob Abbott clearly had nothing to fear from Peter, the accounts he had to work from were written by people who possibly did have either something to fear or an ax to grind. Peter didn't seem the kind to engender a lot of affection. If nothing else, it would seem that most of the popular accounts/myths have been adequately preserved and a portrait of a despot has become cemented just a bit more completely.
Not knowing anything about Peter the Great, I am enjoying this book. And I will probably purchase another one about him to get another perspective from another source. But, this is a good read ... in my opinion.
Abbott's books are easy reads, written at the same level as a summer novel, and just as captivating. If you are a fan of "Game of Thrones," you will probably be impressed with Peter bring Catharine for a stroll to a public square in Moscow to meet up with De la Croix. The founding of St. Petersburg is another epic tale proving truth is stranger than fiction.
The author does a good job of sketching Peter's life, and showing the good parts, as well as the bad parts.
Peter was definitely a guy I would have done my darndest to avoid. Once he got an idea in his head....