Domestic classics for children against foreign novelties: mom’s book review


Summer is passing by with incredible speed. And children grow up just as quickly, learn something new, learn about the world. When my daughter turned one and a half years old, I clearly saw that every day she understands more and more, reacts in response, learns new words and more consciously listens to books. Therefore, we began to read new books that have recently appeared in our library.

Measured hot days this year are rapidly replaced by gusts of wind and thunderstorms, which means there is time to take a break from the heat, stay at home and devote half an hour to reading. But the smallest readers do not need longer.

Samuel Marshak. “Children in a Cage”; publishing house “AST”

I have in my hands a small book with a hard, colorful cover. We are just planning our first trip to the zoo, and this book will be a great hint for a child. Before and immediately after visiting the zoo, she will help the kid remember new animals. Small quatrains are dedicated to a wide variety of animals. Turning the pages, we move from one aviary to another. We look at the black-and-white zebras, which are lined up like school notebooks, we watch the swimming of polar bears in a spacious reservoir with cool and fresh water. In such a hot summer, one can only envy them. A kangaroo will rush past us, and the brown bear will show a real show, of course, expecting a treat in return.

The second part of the book is the alphabet in verses and pictures. I cannot say that I strive to raise a child prodigy and teach my daughter to read before she is 2 years old, so there was not a single alphabet in our library before. But in this book we looked at all the letters with pleasure, read funny poems. For the first acquaintance, this is more than enough. The illustrations in the book inspired fond memories of my childhood. All animals are endowed with emotions, they literally live on the pages. My daughter laughed, seeing the bear splashing merrily in the water, looking at the unusual penguins with penguins with pleasure.

We gladly put the book on our shelf and recommend it to kids from 1,5 years old. But it will retain its relevance for a long time, the child will be able to learn letters and small rhythmic poems from it.

“One hundred fairy tales for reading at home and in kindergarten”, a team of authors; publishing house “AST”

If you are going on a trip or to the country house and it is hard to take a lot of books with you, grab this one! A wonderful collection of fairy tales for kids. For the sake of fairness, I will say that there are not 100 fairy tales inside the book, this is the name of a whole series. But there are really a lot of them, and they are diverse. This is the well-known “Kolobok”, and “Zayushkina’s hut”, and “Geese-Swans”, and “Little Red Riding Hood”. In addition, it contains poems by famous children’s writers and modern fairy tales.

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Together with smart little animals, your kid will learn how important it is to follow traffic rules, how dangerous it is to be alone among the cars. And next time, you may find it easier to move your child by the hand across the street. And it is impossible not to empathize with the little cunning mouse from Marshak’s fairy tale. Show your baby how small as he is, the mouse cleverly avoided all the troubles and was able to return home to his mother. And the brave Cockerel – a red comb will save the bunny from the Goat Dereza and from the Fox and return the hut to him in two fairy tales at once. The illustrations in the book are great too. At the same time, they are very different in style and technique of execution, even in the palette of colors, but all are invariably beautiful, interesting to study. I was surprised when I saw that all the tales were illustrated by one artist. Savchenko illustrated many Soviet cartoons, including the fairy tale “Petya and Little Red Riding Hood”.

I recommend this book to children of a very wide age group. It can be interesting even to the smallest readers. Although for some long fairy tales, perseverance and attention may not yet be enough. But in the future, the child will be able to use the book for independent reading.

Sergey Mikhalkov. “Poems for Kids”; publishing house “AST”

Our home library already had poems by Sergei Mikhalkov. And finally, a whole collection of his works appeared, which I am very happy about.

Reading them is really interesting even for adults, they necessarily have a meaning, a plot, often instructive thoughts and humor.

You read a book to a child and remember how in childhood I dreamed of a bicycle shining in the sun in the summer, and of a fast sled with shiny runners in winter, or endlessly and often in vain begged for a puppy from the parents. And you understand how easy it is to make a child happy, because childhood really happens only once.

Leafing through the pages of the book, we will count the multi-colored kittens, together with the girl Any, we will think about how important it is to take care of the health of our teeth, we will ride a two-wheeled bicycle along the path. And also remember that in order to see the most amazing miracles, sometimes it is enough to press your cheek tightly against the pillow and fall asleep.

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These poems, of course, are not for the smallest readers, they are quite long. These are no longer primitive quatrains, but whole stories in poetic form. Perhaps the age of the potential readers explains the illustrations. To be honest, they seemed to me gloomy and a little primitive, I wanted more interesting drawings for such wonderful poems. Although some pictures are made as if they were drawn by a child, which may interest children. But overall the book is excellent, and we will gladly read it over and over again as soon as we grow up a little.


Barbro Lindgren. “Max and a diaper”; publishing house “Samokat”

To begin with, the book is small. It is very easy for a kid to hold it in his hands and flip through the pages. The bright cover, where almost all the characters are already familiar to my child, made me happy and gave me hope that my daughter would like the book. Moreover, this topic is close and understandable to every mother and baby. After reading reviews that the book has been successfully sold all over the world for a long time and is even recommended by a speech therapist, we prepared for reading.

To be honest, I was disappointed. The meaning is absolutely incomprehensible to me personally. What does this book teach a child? Little Max does not want to pee in the diaper and gives it to the dog, and he pisses on the floor. For this occupation, his mother catches him. That is, the child will not be able to take out any useful skills from the book. The only positive moment for me is that Max himself wiped the puddle on the floor.

I can explain the recommendations of this book for reading to kids only by the fact that the topic is familiar to every child. The sentences are very simple and short and easy to understand and remember. Perhaps I look from the point of view of an adult, and the children will like the book. My daughter looked at the pictures very interested. But I do not see any benefit in it for my child. We read it a couple of times, and that’s it.


Barbro Lindgren. “Max and the nipple”; publishing house “Samokat”

The second book in the same series disappointed me, perhaps even more. The book tells us how the baby loves his pacifier. He goes for a walk and meets in turn a dog, a cat and a duck. And he shows everyone his pacifier, shows off. And when the nimble duck takes it away, he hits the bird on the head and takes the dummy back. Then the duck gets angry, and Max is very happy.

I honestly didn’t understand what this book should teach. My daughter looked at the picture for a very long time, where Max hit the duck on the head. The child did not let him turn the page and, pointing at the duck with his finger, repeated that she was in pain. Barely calmed and carried away by another book.

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In my opinion, the book will not help those parents who want to wean the baby from the nipple, and in general it has a very peculiar meaning. I find it difficult to even answer who I could recommend it to.


Ekaterina Murashova. “Your incomprehensible child”; publishing house “Samokat”

And one more book, but for the parents. I, like many mothers, try to read literature on child psychology. With some books, I internally agree and accept all theses, others push me away with a huge amount of “water” that literally spills out of the pages, or with difficult advice. But this book is special. You read it, and it’s impossible to tear yourself away, it’s really interesting. The book’s very unusual structure makes it all the more fun.

The author is a practicing child psychologist. Each chapter is devoted to a separate problem and begins with a description of the story, heroes, followed by a small theoretical part. And the chapter ends with a denouement and a story about the changes that have occurred with the main characters. Sometimes it is impossible to resist and, flipping through the theory, at least with one eye to spy on what will become of our characters.

I am impressed that the author can admit that his first impressions or conclusions are wrong, that everything does not end with a perfect happy ending. Moreover, some of the stories are really difficult and cause a storm of emotions. These are living people, whose life continues beyond the boundaries of each individual chapter.

After reading the book, certain thoughts are formed in my head about raising children, about how important it is to carefully observe their characteristics, behavior and mood, not to miss the moment when you can correct your mistakes. It would be interesting for me, as a child, to get to just such a psychologist. But now, as a mother, I would not want to be the author’s patient: painfully sad and confusing stories are told in her office. At the same time, the author does not give advice, she offers solutions, suggests paying attention to the resource that each person has, and can get him out of the most difficult life situations.

The book makes you think: mine is all in notes, stickers and bookmarks. In addition, I also read another book by the author, which is also significant for me.

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