Friday, November 14, 2014

My first ABC book

The first English ABC book for Russian schoolchildren, 1969.

My first ABC book




Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sergei Mikhalkov

The fragment of the article published 28 Aug 2009

Sergei Vladimirovich Mikhalkov was born into an aristocratic family on March 13 1913 and educated in Pyatigorsk. He wrote poetry from childhood, but aged 17 he went to Moscow to work in a fabric factory. He also joined geological expeditions to eastern Kazakhstan.
By 1933, however, his poetry was selling well and he began to earn his living from writing. From 1935 to 1937 he studied at the Gorky Institute of Literature. During the war he served with the Red Army and worked as a war correspondent.
Mikhalkov's children's poems about "Uncle Styopa", an enormously tall police officer, have remained hugely popular in Russia since they first appeared in 1935, and are still learned in nursery schools.
Honours were heaped on him: he received three Stalin Prizes (1941, 1942 and 1950) and the Order of Lenin, and was appointed a Hero of Socialist Labour.
On Mikhalkov's 90th birthday in 2003 Putin visited him personally at his home to present him with the 2nd class Order for Service to the Fatherland; and last year the president admitted him to the Order of St Andrew – Russia's highest award – for his services to literature.
Mikhalkov, who was also a noted playwright, was a chairman of the Soviet Writers' Union, and took part in smear campaigns against other authors, including Boris Pasternak and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.


Uncle Styopa by Sergei Mikhalkov
Drawings by David Dubinskiy


Uncle Styopa by Sergei Mikhalkov
Drawings by Korovin


Uncle Styopa by Sergei Mikhalkov
Drawings by Fyodor Lemkul


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Russian texts with stress marks

Stress is an important part of correct pronunciation in Russian. Russian language has moving stress which is very difficult to study. I have prepared several digital textbooks, in which texts have stress marks above the words. The textbooks are the collections of poems by Russian poets 19th - early 20th century. The poetic texts are original and not adapted. Having such texts is a good way to improve your reading skills and memorize the stress as part of the pronunciation of an individual word.


Russian autumn, collection of poems by Russian poets
PDF textbook with stress marks above the words
useful reading for students of Russian language


Russian winter, collection of poems by Russian poets
PDF textbook with stress marks above the words
useful reading for students of Russian language


I'll also put the stress marks in any other Russian text of your choise.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Vladimir Suteev

illustration, Russian books for children, bookshop,
Suteev, V. Sack of apples / Vladimir Suteev;
drawings by Vladimir Suteev. -  Moscow : Detskaya literatura, 1987. 

Vladimir Suteev, illustration, Russian books for children, book cover
Chukovsky, K. Doctor Aybolit / Korney Chukovsky;
drawings by Vladimir Suteev. -  Moscow : Detskaya literatura, 1987. 

 Chukovsky, K. Telephone / Korney Chukovsky;
drawings by Vladimir Suteev. - Moscow : Detskaya literatura, 1989.
The book is on sale

book in German, illustration, book cover, Russian books for children
Barto, A. Naughty little bear / Agnia Barto;
drawings by Vladimir Suteev. -  Moscow : Progress, 1978.

Russian books for children, illustrated book, bookshop, book cover
 Mikhalkov, S. About a girl who eat badly / Sergey Mikhalkov; 
drawings by Vladimir Suteev. -  Moscow : Detskaya literatura, 1985.

Puppy, Russian books for children, illustrated book, book cover, bookshop
Mikhalkov, S. Puppy / Sergey Mikhalkov;
drawings by Vladimir Suteev. -  Moscow : Detskaya literatura, 1984.

The story and drawings by Vladimir Suteev

Russian books for children, book cover, cat and mouse, bookshop
Chukovsky, K. Kotausi i mausi / Korney Chukovsky;
drawings by Vladimir Suteev. -  Moscow : Detskaya literatura, 1979.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Albina Makunaite

Distinguished Lithuanian graphic artist, Albina Makunaite (1926-2001). 
Makunaite was one of the first graduates of the postwar higher art school, 
who nurtured a distinct expression of graphic art - engraving on wood and linoleum. 
This generation of artists, quietly and persistently, breaking the stereotypes of Soviet art, 
started a new chapter in Lithuanian art. 

Makunaite also successfully distinguished herself by illustrating classic works of literature. 
The treasury of Lithuanian ethnic culture, which compellingly affects the national consciousness, 
served as a source of inspiration for the artist. 

illustrations, drawings by Albina Makunaite, book cover, Progress Publisher, horse,
The sun princess and her deliverer : Lithuanian folk tale /
 retold by Aldona Liobyte; translated by Irina Zheleznova; drawings by Albina Makunaite. - 
Moscow : Progress Publishers, 1980.
illustrated book, prince, fairy tale, raven, bookshop

illustration, book for children, spinning wheel, castle, fairy tale

illustrated book for children, castle, witches, fairy tale, Lithuania,

illustrated book, Prince and Princess, King and Queen, fairy tale;

illustration, book for children, fairy tale, Prince and Princess

Baba Yaga, fairy tale, illustration, horses, hut on chicken legs

fairy tale, illustration, horse, Prince

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The girl-swan by Vladimir Sangi & Kirill Ovchinnikov

Vladimir Sangi is a writer, poet, anthropologist,
the first writer of a small indigenous peoples of Sakhalin Island;
a creator of Nivkh literature, Nivkh alphabet;
the author of textbooks for Nivkh schools,
publisher of Russian classics in translation into Nivkh language.

Nivkh folk tale, illustrated book for children, swan, book cover,
The girl-swan by Vladimir Sangi
Drawings by Kirill Ovchinnikov
Leningrad, 1984 year edition
The book is on sale

Nivkh folk tale, illustrated book for children, fish, nord,

Nivkh folk tale, illustrated book for children, swan, book cover,

The Scarlet Flower by Sergey Aksakov

The Scarlet Flower is a Russian folk tale written by Sergey Aksakov.
It is an adaptation of traditional fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.
In Russia Beauty and the Beast story is known mostly via Aksakov's retelling.
Many different editions of this tale exist.
To have an idea, I want to show you some of them.

Beauty and the Beast, Karelia, illustrated book for children, princess, folk tale, fairy tale
Scarlet Flower by Sergey Aksakov
llustrations by N.A.Noskovich
Karelia, 1983 year edition

Beauty and the Beast, illustrated book for children, princess, folk tale, fairy tale
Scarlet Flower by Sergey Aksakov
llustrations by N.T.Barbotchenko
Soviet Russia, 1989 year edition

Beauty and the Beast, illustrated book for children, princess, folk tale, fairy tale, Russian book cover
Scarlet Flower by Sergey Aksakov
llustrations by Olga Senchenko
Veselka, 1979 year edition

Beauty and the Beast, illustrated book for children, princess, folk tale, fairy tale, Russian book cover
Scarlet Flower by Sergey Aksakov
llustrations by T.Shevareva
Malish, 1991 year edition

Beauty and the Beast, illustrated book for children, princess, folk tale, fairy tale, Russian book cover
Scarlet Flower by Sergey Aksakov
llustrations by A.Azemsha
Soviet Russia, 1979 year edition

Beauty and the Beast, illustrated book for children, princess, folk tale, fairy tale, Russian book cover
Scarlet Flower by Sergey Aksakov
llustrations by E.Shtanko
Veselka, 1984 year edition

Beauty and the Beast, illustrated book for children, princess, folk tale, fairy tale, Russian book cover
Scarlet Flower by Sergey Aksakov
llustrations by T.A.Govorkova and N.F.Vasilenko
Stavropol, 1978 year edition
The book is on sale

Beauty and the Beast, illustrated book for children, princess, folk tale, fairy tale, Russian book cover
Scarlet Flower by Sergey Aksakov
Detskaya literatura, 1979 year edition

Beauty and the Beast, illustrated book for children, princess, folk tale, fairy tale, Russian book cover
Scarlet Flower by Sergey Aksakov
llustrations by I.V.Koziy
Kiev, 1992 year edition

Beauty and the Beast, illustrated book for children, princess, folk tale, fairy tale, Russian book cover
Scarlet Flower by Sergey Aksakov
llustrations by Marina Topaz
translated by James Rioidan
Progress, 1972 year edition