A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

Ukrainian / Ukraine

Mij malen'kyj Kyïv. Putivnyk dlja ditej
(My little Kiev. A guide book for children)

Denysenko, Anastasija (text)
Starančuk, Olena / Hryščenko, Oleh (illus.)
Kyïv: Laurus, 2014. – 63 p.
(Series: Moje malen'ke misto; 1)
ISBN 978-966-2449-50-1

Kiev / History – Guide book – Non-fiction – Picture book

This extraordinary city guide for children through the Ukrainian capital is the product of the emerging illustrator group Pictoric. Archangel Michael, the patron of Kiev, acts as companion throughout the book as children make their way through the city. Readers learn city history through looking at well-known buildings and reading about these in short portions of text, and children are also invited to reflect on their own experiences, to solve architectural puzzles and to draw historic personalities in period garments. “Mij malen'kyj Kyïv” is varied: It contains factual information, anecdotes and unusual tips for discovering the city, such as visiting the Kiev hillside for a picnic. The fresh and interesting graphics are almost comic-like and pair delightfully with the historic content of the book, making it thoroughly absorbing to delve into the mosaics and architectural styles of monasteries and to decypher ancient scripts. (Age: 6+)