A Letter for Daria

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9780316329941: A Letter for Daria

The Olympic gold medal-winning skater talks about her daughter Daria, with reflections on her own mother and grandmother, and advice for Daria.

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Russian figure-skating champion Gordeeva follows up My Sergei, a tender tribute to her late husband and skating partner, with this equally sentimental collection of musings and advice for her daughter, Daria. Within a very loose chronology, Gordeeva shares memories of Daria's birth in 1992 and the hectic but happy family life she enjoyed until Sergei Grinkov's sudden and unexpected death three years later. But this is no maudlin recounting; Gordeeva reflects on the joys of her life and clearly expresses her hopes and dreams for her daughter in encouraging, nurturing words. Readers will take away a strong sense of familyAespecially in passages where Gordeeva stresses the importance of Russian babushkas (notably her own grandmother and great-grandmother) as an essential support system, and will detect their loving bonds in the numerous color photographs. The book has a rambling feel with no formal organization, and phrasing and sentence structure occasionally remind readers that English is not Gordeeva's native language. But regardless of format, Gordeeva's sincerity shines through and her life philosophy is one that will inspire many. Ages 8-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 3-5AGold-medal winner Gordeeva writes to her six-year-old daughter in this autobiographical letter. Each of the nine short chapters touches on a different aspect or time in the skater's life. Although the easy-to-read text is clearly written and concise, Gordeeva does not go into depth about her or her late husband's lives. She touches on a few differences between Russian and American cultures, her feelings about training, and her thoughts on religion, and shares some of her hopes and dreams for both her and her daughter's futures. The result is a charming story through which readers can peek into the life and thoughts of a star athlete. Uncaptioned full-color photographs depict the happy family life the author describes. Although it will not suit the needs of report writers, this heartfelt account of an athlete's struggles and triumphs will enhance both sports and biography collections.ABarb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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