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Shielded from St Petersburg society, the last tsar's four daughters enjoyed a simple life of almost cloudless happiness. Their evenings were spent with their parents, reading aloud and pasting snapshots into albums. Drawing on these precious personal keepsakes - long hidden in Russian archives - this work offers a glimpse into the intimate family life of the last Romanovs.Shielded from St Petersburg society, the last tsar's four daughters enjoyed a simple life of almost cloudless happiness. Their evenings were spent with their parents, reading aloud and pasting snapshots into albums. Drawing on these precious personal keepsakes - long hidden in Russian archives - this work offers a glimpse into the intimate family life of the last Romanovs. Illustrated in scrapbook style with Anastasia's own letters, photographs and watercolours, this album brings the youngest of the tsar's daughters to life - a tomboy who scrambled up snowy mountains to sled down on a silver tray. Letters from Anastasia's final heartbreaking days in captivity show that even the filthy conditions and the brutal treatment of her revolutionary jailers could not shake her faith....

Title : Anastasia's Album
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ISBN : 9780786802920
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 64 Pages
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Anastasia's Album Reviews

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-06-13 22:00

    As you might've seen me whine in previous history book reviews:MY LIBRARY IS SUCKTASTIC WHEN IT COMES TO RUSSIA. I don't even know what they think. Russia's not a real country?? I mean it's just a tiiiiny blimp on the map so BAH who needs to stock Russian books in libraries? WELL BOO. I am a writer! I am writing a Russian fantasy! I NEED FACTS. *hyperventilates quietly* So. I'm reduced to picture books intended for, like, um...10yos. So from a writers perspective, this book is 100% useless.From just a I am a nerd and history is interesting lemme read it all this book is 100% wonderful.It is, weirdly, 90% a picture album. Didn't see THAT coming did ya? HUH? But basically each of the 64 pages is full of photos of the Romanov royal family. Right from when Anastasia is born to when she's um...murdered?? Like we leave all the doors open to indicat MAYBE SHE ESCAPED. But, dudes. She was murdered. Although I actually find stuff about her REALLY HARD to read because knowing their insanely wonderful lives just ended by being shoved in a room in someone's house and all shot. LEMME CRY. THIS IS NOT A NICE BOOK. HISTORY SUCKS, OMG. *composes self*THINGS I LEARNED WHILE READING THIS BOOK:• Anastasia was a bit of a wild child. Making faces...hating maths...writing cheeky letters. So basically awesome.• That all the photos of them growing up pre-world-war-one looked pretty much like any other European family. SO IDEK. I GUESS RUSSIANS ARE NORMAL PEOPLE TOO?• Anastasia had a thing for cameras. It's like 1900s selfies, okay? It was a thing.• I'm like 99% sure Raspuin was doing a little more than just laying on hands for healing with Anastasia's mother, Alexandra. I cALL OUT HANKY PANKY THERE.• Just before the Romanov's were murdered, all the girls had sewn jewels into their corsets in hopes that they'd escape and then have money to live off. Well, these ended up acting as ARMOUR when they were shot, so it took a lot to actually kill them. Ergo, jewellery can also double as a safety vest. #justsayin• When the war started the two oldest sisters, Olga and Tatiana, trained as nurses!• Speaking of Olga and Tatiana and Marie...like, why even the heck doesn't anyone care about them??? It's all "Anastasia this" and "Anastasia that". Gee. She had SISTERS you know. • Although, I mean, I GUESS, the reason Anastasia gets all the attention is her "possible survival", although that got debunked when comparing blood samples of the "recovered" missing princess to the actual Romanov line. She wasn't. Ergo the entire Anastasia movie is a LIE and I don't even know what to do about my childhood anymore. It's ruined.So basically READ THIS FOR THE PHOTOS. You don't even have to read much! It's like mostly photos and it's so interesting and personal and really shows you what the Romanovs did and how they spent their time and THEY WERE SO CUTE WHEN THEY WERE BABIES. As the book goes on, the photos start getting hand-painted, which is horrific. But historical, I guess??? I mean, stahp hand-painting things, humans. I'm sure your hat wasn't that obscene shade of pink because it's not even possible. The black and white photos are the amazing ones. And it's just kinda amazing that all these photos EXIST. HISTORY! PHOTOGRAPHED! WOOT.I am sad that everyone died though. (Oops. Spoilers? But it is history so ya know...)

  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    2019-06-04 01:04

    Achingly sad and yet beautiful to see these intimate pictures of The Romanov family. From their photos of private moments to pictures of their life in captivity in Tobolsk, this was touching.

  • Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛
    2019-06-20 18:40

    -POTENTIAL SPOILERS- Even though I read this, GoodReads is insisting I didn't. Huh. Oh well. There's really not much I can say since it's really more a collection of photos than anything else, but I love Anastasia Romanova so I thought it was cute! Some of the info might be slightly outdated however as it was published back in 1996, before we knew as much as we do now about the Romanovs.

  • Kris
    2019-06-02 23:48

    An excellent collection of photos taken during the time Anatasia was growing up with her family in Russia 1901 through Russian Revolution and the murder of her family. The photos were obtained from Soviet Russia Archives.

  • Brycen
    2019-06-15 21:06

    It had a bunch of facts and pictures from Anastasia's family.

  • Anastasia
    2019-06-09 21:55

    This book was so interesting, and had some really great photos of the Romanovs that I had never seen before. It also contains rare notes, letters, and paintings done by Anastasia. The writing was clear and educational and easy for anyone to understand. Overall, a great book for people just getting interested in the Romanovs, or obsessed fanatics, such as myself.

  • Margie
    2019-06-05 17:59

    Knowing how this would end, it was bittersweet looking at all the beautiful family photos and touching letters written by Anastasia, especially to her father. Apparently Anastasia's mother and Anastasia were avid photography buffs and took their cameras everywhere. There are several photos in the book of Anastasia and her mother holding their cameras. Anastasia even took what must have been one of the first "selfies" by taking a photo of herself in the mirror. The photographs in this book as well as quotes, letters and drawings by Anastasia and her sisters give us an intimate glimpse into the family activities of the Romanovs who seemed a very close and loving family (other than the expected sibling rivalry and occasional spat between Anastasia and her oldest sister, Olga).Before reading this book, children need to be prepared with a short history of the Russian Revolution of 1917. For children who don't know about the assassination of the Romanov family, what seems a fairy tale book of Anastasia and the Russian royal family will end brutally with an artist's rendering of the assassination. Following all the lovely photographs of the Romanov family and their seemingly charmed lives, the last few pages of the book when the family is under "house arrest" and finally murdered will be abrupt and shocking for unprepared children. I wouldn't recommend this book to children younger than age ten (sixth graders) or children who don't already know about the assassination of the Russian royal family.As a little girl I loved fairy tales and royalty (I even wrote a letter to Queen Elizabeth when I was ten asking for her autograph and still have the reply from her lady-in-waiting at Buckingham Palace.) Quite naturally at this time, I was also fascinated by the story of Anastasia. I remember my mother taking me to see the Ingrid Bergman movie in 1956 when it was still believed that Anastasia might have escaped and was living in Germany as Anna Anderson. Anna Anderson died in 1984 at age 87 in the United States, her claims to being the Grand Duchess Anastasia having been denied by surviving relatives of the royal family and the German courts.I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Anastasia and the Romanov family (mainly because of the beautiful photographs) and to middle grade readers, sixth grade and up, as long as they are forewarned about the tragic ending. No matter how much the revolution was justified by hundreds of years of oppression of the Russian people, nothing prepares you for the assassination of a family.

  • Brianna
    2019-06-21 16:40

    Historical FictionAnastasia's Album is a wonderful Historical Fiction children's book that gives the reader a unique insight into the last ruling family of Russia under Tsar Nicholass II of the Romonavs in Imperial Russia 1901-1918. From family photos to elaborate descriptions of the imperial grand balls, Hugh Brewster combines all of the photos and details from the Tsar's youngest daughter Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaievna to give a distinctive and intimate account of historical fiction. Compiling her own letters and photographs of the Imperial family, the book provides snippets of daily life, the birth of her brother Alexei (who was discovered to be a hemophiliac during his infancy), letters written by Anastasia to her family and friends, and the influence of the Imperial family up until the Bolshevik takeover and the tragic fate of the Imperial family. Certainly a powerful and insightful historical fiction for children and adults to read--in cirriculum for middle school to high school level education.

  • Prince William Public Library System
    2019-05-29 21:40

    Anastasia's Album is a wonderful Historical Fiction children's book that gives the reader a unique insight into the last ruling family of Russia under Tsar Nicholas II of the Romonavs in Imperial Russia 1901-1918. From family photos to elaborate descriptions of the imperial grand balls, Hugh Brewster combines all of the photos and details from the Tsar's youngest daughter Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaievna to give a distinctive and intimate account of historical fiction. Compiling her own letters and photographs of the Imperial family, the book provides snippets of daily life, the birth of her brother Alexei (who was discovered to be a hemophiliac during his infancy), letters written by Anastasia to her family and friends, and the influence of the Imperial family up until the Bolshevik takeover and the tragic fate of the Imperial family. Certainly a powerful and insightful historical fiction for children and adults to read--in cirriculum for middle school to high school level education. -Brianna

  • Kaethe
    2019-06-07 23:48

    Tricky stuff to work from, the story of Anastasia. By sharing all these photographs of the tsar's family, Brewster manages to convey that they were a family just like any other, making goofy faces for the camera, riding bikes, misspelling words in letters to friends, and also that they were unlike anyone else, since most of us don't have one palace, let alone several.The book deals pretty well with both the assassination of the family, and with the story of Anna Anderson, and with the finding of the mass grave. I'm not a fan of monarchy or empires, and I certainly don't blame the Russians for rebelling, but it's a sad end.Library copy

  • Camille
    2019-05-28 20:43

    The book I discovered one bright and sunny afternoon in 6th grade that started my lifelong adoration for OTMA, the last Grand Duchesses of Imperial Russia.

  • M.M. Strawberry Reviews
    2019-06-07 21:08

    This was a nice book but the majority of it is photographs, so don't look for a detailed biography here. It is still a nice book with some great pictures and some fascinating bits of history, but do note that this book offers some speculation on Anastasia's survival - this was before her remains were found/confirmed.

  • Brandy Shark
    2019-06-07 20:46

    This is a very good introductory level book on the lives of the Romanovs. The prose is a bit stiff, but the real treasure of the book are the photographs. In general, you wouldn't find this level of visual history in an adult level nonfiction book on the same subject.

  • Amalie
    2019-05-30 18:40

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  • Lyne
    2019-06-19 16:40

    Anastasia's album by Hugh Brewster reveals the life of the the Tsar's elegant, youngest daughter, who goes through happy, sad and inspiring moment throughout her unique life. It is supported by personal photos, letters long hidden in Russian archives, and sections of her diary, as well as sections of her father's diary. This unspoiled princess goes through an educational life to learn four languages, helps her mother take care of her young and only brother, Alexei, who suffers from haemophilia, and enjoys a western life with her four sisters, who happen to also be her best friends: Olga, Tatiana and Maria. The grand duchesses of Russia enjoy activity-filled vacations in their favourite private island, Livadia, and loved capturing their memories with black-and-white pictures, hand-coloured by Anastasia. This beautifully written biography gives the readers a sense of the lost world of imperial Russia and depicts the personality of this kind and comic Duchess. I enjoyed that this book is designed to resemble a scrapbook, and sympathetically portrays the last Romanov ruler's youngest daughter. It contains a wide variety of photos of the royal family, their vacations, Anastasia's palace, as well as her favourite toys. I also enjoyed the fact that it captures and emphasises on Anastasia's daily life, rather than simply describing important events she and her family went through. It uncovers Anastasia's wonderful sense of humour, as well as the great and worst moments she went through with the rest of her family, who seemed to value each other more than anything. This biography captured my attention by constantly adding more and more to Anastasia's personality, life, and surprisingly typical teenage mindset. It also allowed me to respect Ansatasia while reading about how hard she tried to help her mother and brother, how kind she was to her staff, how serious she took her education and how she resembles most teenagers although she has a rather luxurious and unique life.I would recommend this biography to anyone interested in the lifestyle of royal families, and in events of the 1910's. This book was a quite easy read, so I believe that anyone who is capable of reading can read this. I learnt a lot out of this book, not only about Anastasia, but about her father, siblings, and Russia, and I highly recommend this to anyone interested in simple, and quirky book to read.

  • Mary
    2019-06-17 20:57

    This book is the true story of the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, the youngest daughter of the doomed last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, Nicholas and Alexandria. It is a chapter book but also has the feel of a scrapbook or photo album. Anastasia's life is traced through text, pictures of the family, present and historical photos of the palaces and subsequently more modest homes in which she lived, snippets of her letters and some of her own drawings. It is beautiful and haunting. Students in grade 4-6 could use this book to launch that first research paper or just to read for the joy and the heartbreak of it.CIP Summary:The Tsar's Last Daughter tells her own story.From Publisher's Weekly:Designed to resemble a scrapbook, this striking, profusely illustrated volume presents a sympathetic and affecting portrait of the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, the last Romanov ruler. Brewster juxtaposes remarkably pristine period photos (some artfully hand-colored by Anastasia) with Christopher's carefully composed shots of the palaces the family inhabited and of several family possessions: a doll, a Faberge egg, a Red Cross uniform worn by one of Anastasia's sisters. His prose is equally atmospheric: Anastasia at three is "a blue-eyed whirlwind." Well-chosen excerpts from Anastasia's own correspondence and from memoirs by Romanov friends and staff heighten Anastasia's very real presence in these pages. This immediacy renders the sudden end to the siblings' carefree youth, and eventually the Romanovs' violent deaths in Siberia in 1918, all the more tragic and haunting. Ages 7-up.From School Library Journal:Grade 6 Up-It would be difficult to find a more engaging portrait of the Romanovs. Black-and-white photographs from family albums are complemented by exquisite contemporary photographs of restored palaces. In addition, there is an articulate text and a generous use of quotes from letters and diaries written by family members or their close friends. The focus is on the youngest daughter and her story.

  • Joann
    2019-06-04 01:04

    I always end up with tears in my eyes when I read through this book and look at the amazing pictures. I know the history that led to their tragic, violent end but I can't help but be moved by their family story.

  • Rachel
    2019-06-05 16:41

    Very well done on a difficult subject, especially towards the end of her life. I did like that the whole book was a private photo album of pictures, drawings and letters written by Anastasia to her teachers and members of the royal family. I have been fascinated by the story of the Romanovs, in particular Nicholas II's family, since high school. Their ending is tragic, but the details about their family before their death is so fascinating. I think my interest started when I was able to see an exhibition put on in Jackson, Mississippi on Nicholas II's family, which included all of the Faberge eggs, several royal carriages and personal effects of the Romanov's. Fantastic exhibition, and I still love the subject today. This book is a great way to introduce kids to this aspect of Russian history before communism.

  • Leigh
    2019-06-03 23:58

    I bought and read this book back when it first came out. As a lover of all things Romanov I wanted to read this, even if it was for a younger audience. I have always felt that to little attention was given to the four daughters Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia and this book gave insights into their everyday life and a bit about the youngest daughter herself. Despite Anastasia becoming the most famous of her sisters mainly because of what happened after she was killed, there is very little true information out there. Some is just writers relating tales told by Anna Anderson, but this book at last tells and shows us the real Anastasia Romanov.

  • Kara
    2019-06-14 17:54

    This book is definitely from an older audience, as there is a lot of writing, and the book is pretty long. It is neat, as this book makes history come alive with using actual photographs, and actual drawings, and pictures of the items now, of the Romanovs family and belongings. There are quotations from the children' journal, which makes kids be able to relate to these historic figures. It is also cool that the girls colored some pictures, which breaks up the black and white photographs. This book is detailed with the way the family live, and could be a good source for a paper or further research.

  • Lisa Rogers
    2019-06-19 22:05

    This juvenile photobiography of the youngest Russian imperial Grand Duchess is a feast for the eyes. I have owned it for years and take it off the shelf every so often just to pour over its gorgeous pages. Anastasia kept photo albums of her own snapshots of her famous and doomed family, all killed in the Russian Revolution.She handtinted the pages and created her own painted wallpapers. The accompanying text tells of her life, beautiful and sad, moving from palace to palace in luxury and play until the dreadful end, moving from prison to prison until she is shot in the basement by Bolsheviks, her bones tossed in a bonfire and lost for years. Buy this book.

  • Lisa the Librarian
    2019-06-13 21:04

    The story of the Romanov family is both fascinating and tragic. Anastasia's story is particularly intriguing because it did not necessarily end in that bloodstained cellar.This glimpse into the lives of the last imperial family of Russia was well done and informative. Many of Anastasia's own photographs are included as well as pictures of the family's personal belongings and palaces.It reads quickly. On a side note I am wondering how anybody thought that Communism and the Soviet Union under men like Lenin and Stalin were preferable to a royal family.

  • Katie
    2019-06-13 22:47

    Wanting to know as much as possible about the last Russian Imperial Family, I snagged up this book at a local bookstore. I was not disappointed. It offered a beautiful insight into the close-knit family life of the Last Tsar's youngest daughter, her three older sisters, her youngset (and only) brother, and her famous parents. Sadly, this young life was ended at the age of 18, but throughout this album and submitted diary entries, you can see/read the blossoming of a young talented photographer and artist. Too bad the stories couldn't have a happier ending.

  • Aimi
    2019-06-25 18:43

    My friend and I would take turns each week checking this book out from our school library. I went through an Anastasia phase and this book was absolutely wonderful in that respect. I loved the pictures the most! This book contains photos that you don't see in other Anastasia books. Her story sure is a mystery isn't it? I think that is what helps keep the Romanov's story alive. There is so much interest and speculation around it that we will never ever forget this family and their story.

  • Miri
    2019-06-03 22:02

    Such a sad piece of history. But it's so amazing to be able to see actual photographs of the Romanov family, some taken by Anastasia. It honestly wasn't until I readAnastasia: The Last Grand Duchesslast year that I realized just how recent their story is. Anastasia's aunt—Tsar Nicholas II's sister—was alive until 1960. If Anastasia had lived past her teens, she could easily have still been alive when I was born.

  • Cheryl
    2019-06-10 16:57

    Goodreads review: An award-winning author uses Anastasia's own photos, watercolors, letters, and diaries, long hidden in Russian archives, to reveal an engaging portrait of Russia's last princess, her family, and their difficult exile in Siberia after the Russian revolution. This book provides a glimpse into a lost era. Well done!

  • Barbara
    2019-05-29 16:44

    Anastasia's story is presented here wonderfully for children who want to know more about her life. The photographs are superb and the details of each are done well. I think this book gives good detail but as an adult I of course finished it and wanted to know more about her, especially the controversy after her death.

  • Kitty
    2019-06-11 18:52

    I remember seeing this book as one of the Silver Birch/Red Cedar award books back when I was about 9 or 10 I think, and it's the book that first sparked my interest in the Romanov Family. It's an excellent book to give to kids to let them learn about OTMA and their family, especially Anastasia of course!

  • Natalie Monson
    2019-06-10 19:07

    Well, I've seen the movie, so I wondered just how much of the story was true. This was a good "just enough" book, though I may go back and get another book for more information. It was more of a kid-ish book, but I liked it.

  • Dawn
    2019-06-24 00:09

    An account of the all-to-brief life of Nicholas II's most famous child, Grand Duchess Anastasia, pieced together from her diaries, letters and plentiful photo albums. The book provides readers with a rare glimpse into the private day-to-day lives of the last Tsar's sheltered children.