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ANNIE...ANYA by Irene  Trivas


A Month in Moscow

by Irene Trivas & illustrated by Irene Trivas

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-531-05452-7
Publisher: Orchard

 Annie is five when her doctor parents take her to Moscow, where they are to work for a month. For Annie, the novelty doesn't make up for the strangeness; even the alphabet is unfamiliar, so she loudly sings her own--over and over. Still, some sights are amusing, especially the circus; and after a lonely first day at a Russian day-care center, she makes a friend with a name very like hers: Anya. First the two exchange words, then visits; by the time Annie goes home, it's hard to say goodbye. This warm, realistic story about the kind of adjustment many children must make under more difficult circumstances offers a pleasant informal introduction to Moscow, while a generous number of Russian words are casually introduced along the way. Trivas's pen-and-watercolor art nicely captures the city's ambiance and the children's lively activity. (Picture book. 4-8)