Spring 2022

Volodymyr Zelensky

Heroic Leader of Ukraine

From the Series Gateway Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Volodymyr Zelensky got his start as a comedic actor, running for president of Ukraine as a populist candidate in 2019. He seemed an unlikely hero, yet he quickly revealed his resolve as Russian forces invaded Ukraine in 2022. He remained in Ukraine’s capital, delivering rousing speeches to Ukraine’s people via video even as Russia’s troops posed an enormous threat to his safety. Zelensky has become a symbol of great bravery, both in Ukraine and around the world.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Biography, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2022-06-07
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007070, JNF038060, JNF025130
Dewey 947.7086092 [B]
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 830
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, Teaching Guides, and Timeline


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