Should we tell the children that the USSR is no more?

soviet union textbook

Soviet Union

This wonderful book was one of several we found in various catalogs.  I wonder if a teacher would accept a country report about the USSR even if it was defunct.  In all fairness, this was a perfectly wonderful choice for a library in the late 60’s and early 70’s.


  1. Didn’t Fred Thompson refer to the Soviet Union in the present tense a few times during the presidential campaign? Maybe he would like this book.

    I saw Little Black Sambo on the picture book shelf once, about 5 or 6 years ago. Eek!

  2. Just yesterday, we threw away the globe that has lived in our reference department for decades. I got it to use at a story time and noticed that it still had the USSR, East/West Germany, and lots of other incorrect things.

    Just found your blog from the ALA email…I love it!

  3. Geez, we’ve already ruined Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.

    Can’t a kid have a dream these days?

  4. You asked, “I wonder if a teacher would accept a country report about the USSR even if it was defunct. ” I’m sure you were being sarcastic, but something very much like that happened to me back in eighth grade Geography class in 1964. The teacher assigned us each a country to report on, and I was given French Equatorial Africa. A few minutes of research at the library revealed that it was never a country, it was a federation of four French colonies that was dis-established in 1958, and the territories became independent countries in 1960. This was evidently news to my teacher, who simply told me to write my report about the four countries instead (Chad, Gabon, Central African Republic, and Republic of the Congo). So yeah, there are probably a few teachers out there that still think the USSR exists and is the Great Enemy. Another reason to get this book off the shelves!

  5. This cover is wonderful. ” Hello USA from USSR! We are here building dams and surveying them in the fun summer! Can’t wait to hear from you.
    Sincerly, Soviet Union “

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