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Anastasia's Album

By Amy Finley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Amazing photos, but skimpy context.

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The real treasures here are the rare family photographs and documents that were long secreted within Soviet archives. But their significance is probably lost on young readers, unless they read the book with a parent who takes time to discuss the Russian Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union.

The author oversimplifies, attempting to characterize the Romanovs as a normal family: "He was just their papa, and they were a family like any other." But their difference from most every other family in Russia at that time was one of the factors that spawned the revolution and led to their deaths. More attention should be paid to what everyday life was like for the majority of Russians, putting into context the historical events that eventually claimed Anastasia's life. The mystery of Anna Anderson, the woman who later claimed to be Anastasia, is briefly discussed in the book's epilogue.

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