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Bosnian Americans of Chicagoland

The first Bosnians settled in Chicagoland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, joining other immigrants seeking better opportunities and better lives. As the former Yugoslavia continued to find its identity as a nation over the last century, the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina sought stability and new beginnings in the city of Chicago — many intending to return to their homeland. Today as many as 70,000 Bosnians and their descendants live in the Chicago area, representing different faiths, backgrounds, and motivations for making America their new home.

The Czechs of Chicagoland

Chicago was once the second-largest Bohemian city outside the Czech lands. The Czechs first settled, serendipitously, behind the notorious O'Leary barn. Spared the Great Fire of 1871, they were displaced several blocks south by the ensuing land crush. There they built more permanent quarters in the community that became known as Pilsen, a neighborhood whose name and architecture survive to recall its Bohemian origins. The thriving Czechs soon began a century-long move westward from Lawndale to Cicero to Berwyn, and today they flourish across the western suburbs.

Zanimatelnaya Poeticheskaya Azbuka

Russian Poetical Alphabet (Russian Edition) works its way through the Russian Alphabet using poems to build readers' Russian language vocabulary.

Count Your Way through Russia

Count Your Way Through Russia presents the numbers one through ten in Russian, using each number to introduce concepts about the Soviet Union and Russian culture.

Look What Came from Russia

Our lives are full of objects, inventions, customs, and words that originated in other countries. This book, part of an elementary-level multicultural series explores, in very simple fashion, the foods, words, inventions, tools, customs, toys, games/sports, animals, religions, holidays, fashions, dance, theater, music, and crafts that Russia has contributed to the world.

Russian ABCs: A Book about the People and Places of Russia

Privyet! Welcome to Russia! Come along on this ABC adventure through the biggest country on Earth. Read about diamond studded eggs, the deepest lake in the world, and other fascinating facts.

Russian Picture Word Book

This delightful learning aid contains 15 scenes of home, school, farm, beach, park, classroom, and other common environments - with more than 500 objects labeled in Russian. Complete list of Russian words and English translations included at back of book. Fun-filled, effective way for students of Russian to build and strengthen their vocabulary skills.

Girl of Kosovo

As in her Adem's Cross, Mead places a human face on the Kosovo crisis by focusing on an Albanian family ravaged by war. Even after her father and brothers are killed and her leg is gravely injured in a Serb attack, 11-year-old Zana, the narrator, struggles to heed her father's advice: "Don't let them fill your heart with hate.

How I Learned Geography

Having traveled a long way from their homeland, a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange new country. The boy has no toys and no books, and food is scarce. Instead of bread his father brings home a map and hangs it on the wall. Suddenly, without ever leaving the room, the boy is transported to exotic places. In this 2009 Caldecott Honor book, based on his memories of World War II, Uri Shulevitz tells how a map and his imagination took him far away from his hunger and misery.

The Mitten

Based on a Ukrainian folktale, this beloved story book tells the unexpected tale of a young boy's lost mitten and the animals that decide to make it home.