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Breaking Stalin's Nose
Breaking Stalin's Nose
Author: Eugene Yelchin
Sasha Zaichik has known the laws of the Soviet Young Pioneers since the age of six: The Young Pioneer is devoted to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Party, and Communism. A Young Pioneer is a reliable comrade and always acts according to conscience. A Young Pioneer has a right to criticize shortcomings. But now that it is finally time to join the Y...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780805092165
ISBN-10: 0805092161
Publication Date: 9/27/2011
Pages: 160
Edition: First Edition
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.

4.6 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Audio CD
Members Wishing: 13
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As I started to read this book to see if I wanted to include it in our elementary library's collection, I did not expect to get caught up in its story. But I did! I read the book in one sitting, and I decided that this was a significant enough book that I would read it aloud to our 8 classes of 4th and 5th graders, whom had just read about Joseph Stalin during their history classes.

After reading chapters 1 - 5 aloud to the first group, I asked what they though about the story so far. One boy said, "I want to break THOSE guys' noses for taking the dad!" A girl immediately responded, "My heart is racing around in my chest!" Other groups of students have responded similarly. We have not completed the read-aloud yet, but I think this story will speak to these children long after history review questions have been written and graded --- and tossed or lost.
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This isn't a long and complicated story about the origins of conmunism, it's a story narrated from the point of view of a very young boy whose view of the society he lives in change as a result of loss of his parents and a series of unfortunate events that force him to revise the way he views a regime he swears to protect and love.

The story doesn't even provide a proper end but I didn't mind it at all. The open end of the plot invokes a family or group read discussion with the reader about what would happen to young Sasha and his beliefs in a society that he loves and trusts, the communist one.

The graphite illustrations are beautifully done and I commend the author for this, his first book.
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It is a fairly sad story, but really makes you appreciate living in the United States.

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