Maira's Books

In January of 2005 I started this blog as a record of books I’ve read as I was afraid I would forget what I have read. I have often referred back to my own blog to remember a book's contents or see what I have read by an author. I have enjoyed passing my books on to friends or recommending books to read. I know I have missed recording some, but in general I try to keep up with what I have read or listened to.

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I am a librarian at Waldo Library at Western Michigan University.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Children's World in Soviet Latvia by Irēna Bužinska (2008)

Part of an interesting mini book series Art-Myth-Document that is in both Latvian and English. So this one in Latvian is Padomju Latvijas bērnu pasaule. In 32 pages it talks about what it was like to be a child in Soviet Latvia with plenty of illustrations, like the socialist positivism in holiday cards. The book explains the three progressive organizations for children that raised them into socialist citizens - Octobrists, Pioneers, Komsomol. It includes sample writings and drawings by kids, toys for girls and boys. Then quite a few pages are devoted to the store Children's World/Bērnu pasaule and its unique window displays and the man who created them.

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