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Animal tales for kids and Soviet classics for teenagers.

Employees of Moscow reading rooms tell about interesting books that can bring parents and children closer together and help them find common themes. The head of the library-media center № 129 Maria Lozanchich advises to acquaint teenagers with the story of Vladimir Tendryakov, and younger children – with the works of Judith Kerr and Andrey Usachev.


“The Tiger Who Came for Tea” by Judith Kerr

It is best to read animal stories with young children. The book about unusual tea drinking, created by the British writer and artist Judith Kerr, was published in 1968, but still has not lost its popularity. The plot is very simple and unpretentious. Once, when little Sophie and her mother were drinking tea in the kitchen, someone knocked on the door. It turned out not to be a dad or a milkman, not a grocer or a neighbor, as they thought, but a tiger – huge, hairy and very polite. The guest apologized for bothering him, said he was very hungry, and asked permission to join the table.

The tea party of Sophie, her mother and the tiger reminds me of a scene from the book “Winnie the Pooh and All, All, All”, in which the main character came with Piglet to visit Rabbit. The tiger, like the bear cub, ate all the most delicious in the house, but the owners, unlike the Rabbit, were very happy to treat him. Each page is imbued with kindness, warmth, comfort and love.

“Smart dog Sonya” by Andrey Usachev

The stories well known to adults about a resourceful dog who learned secular manners and wrote poetry will be listened to with equal attention by both very little ones and those who have just gone to school. Short funny stories will keep you entertained, entertain the whole family, and inspire thought.

It is best to pause while reading and ask the child questions: “Why do you think Sonya painted the wallpaper?” And of course, do not forget about the cartoon of the same name, thanks to which the book appeared. The script for him in 1991 was written by Usachev himself.

Older guys

“Little Water” by Otfried Preusler

Be sure to introduce the children to the classics of children’s literature – the fairy tale “Little Water” by the German writer Otfried Preusler. The main character is very sweet, kind and friendly. Together with his friends, village boys, Vodyanoy learns the world around him – he watches the animals, enjoys the spring rain, plays the harp and, of course, is mischievous.

If your child likes this book, invite him to read other works by this author. “Little Baba Yaga”, “Little Ghost”, as well as the eerie, but insanely interesting story “Krabat, or Legends of the Old Mill” will definitely not leave anyone indifferent.

“Anya of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The book begins very sadly: the main character’s parents are dying. Elderly brother and sister who live on Prince Edward Island take her to their upbringing. So the red-haired Anya Shirley finds herself from her native Nova Scotia into a new, unfamiliar world of rural Canada. She does not immediately, but still becomes the best student in the school and makes close friends. It is very interesting to watch how she gradually, step by step goes this path, and also finds a common language with foster parents, grows up, overcomes the first difficulties, finds inner harmony.

Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote this book over 100 years ago, but it still piques the interest of readers, especially those of the same age as the protagonist. The work was filmed many times: feature films, TV series and even anime were shot on it.


“The Night After Graduation” by Vladimir Tendryakov

An excellent student Julia, after receiving a certificate, unexpectedly confesses: she still does not know what she loves and what she wants to do in the future, and believes that she wasted so much time on good studies. The teachers, who practically carried the girl in their arms, are confused – no one expected this from her. Courageous confessions are made not only by Julia, but also by her classmates.

Vladimir Tendryakov wrote The Night After Graduation in 1974, and it has definitely passed the test of time. Recommend this story to your teenager and read it yourself if you haven’t come across it before – it provides a lot of food for thought (for example, that young people have not changed much since then).

“This summer of Dimka Bobrikov” by Sergey Chuev

But I recommend this book to parents and children to read aloud in turn. The former will remember their own childhood and talk about their most interesting adventures, while the latter will be curious to compare the hero’s life with their own.

Dimka Bobrikov is an ordinary modern teenager. For the summer, he goes to his grandmother in the village, which is located not far from Rostov-on-Don. He learns to get joy from communicating with his younger sister, doing things in the garden, talking with his grandmother. At first glance, it will seem that everything is very boring, but this is completely wrong, because Dimka’s company is his best friend.

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