добро пожаловать! Welcome! (Transliterated: dobro
добро пожаловать! Welcome! (Transliterated: dobro pozhalovat’! )
This Sunday’s Kids In The Cliff storytime at The Wild Detectives takes its cue from Russian writers. Capping off last week’s hat madness, we begin with Siberian émigrée Esphyr Slobodkina’s retelling of a Russian folktale in Caps For Sale. Originally released in 1940 by the progressive Young Scott publisher, it is still a mainstay on children’s bookshelves, perhaps as much for its humor as her fresh artwork for the book. Trained as a contemporary painter, her work attracted the attention of Good Night Moon’s Margaret Wise Brown, who collaborated with her frequently both as an author and publisher.
Among the literary greats of Russia, we head next to Tolstoy – not War and Peace Leo Tolstoy, but his relative (and Turgenev’s!) and controversial fellow author Alexei Tolstoy (1883-1945). Despite being best known for his writing for older audiences, like Slobodkina, this Tolstoy took a time-honored Russian folk tale and spun it into children’s book form. The Great Big Enormous Turnip, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury in the 1968 edition, is a charming story of the collective effort. (Compare this to American children’s author Ruth Krauss’ individualist classic The Carrot Seed.)
Finally, we look at cat-and-mouse games in McSweeney’s children’s imprint re-edition of Here Comes The Cat!/ Si︠u︡da idet kot! Originally released in 1989, the spirit of glasnost inspired author Frank Asch and illustrator Vladimir Vagin. Very different from Friend or Foe, Vadim’s endnote reads: “I live far away from America, on the other part of the globe in Moscow. But Frank Asch and I made this book together, as if we lived on the same street, just across the fence. It is the first book in the world designed by an American and painted by a Russian. There is an old Russian proverb: ‘One wise head is good; two are better.’ …”
Trivia: Can you guess which holiday inspired this week’s selections?
*Special note for parents: As usual, we’ll have related extra books on hand in case you are looking for other excellent picture books we recommend! Particular emphasis is placed on striking illustrations, great graphic design or standout writing. Titles may be brand new, old treasures, from home, our Kids’ Section or the library, but they are always picked with love and a sense of adventure. If there’s a book you’d love, consider our ordering service!
It’ll be about a 45 minute read with something fun for the kids–that’s going to be interesting, we can’t wait to see what they come up with.
All ages are welcome.
On Sunday mornings, bring your kids and infuse them with a love of reading.
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Kids In The Cliff is organized by Lanie DeLay, who has worked at Dallas Contemporary, the Dallas Public Library, Hamon Arts Library at SMU, at area preschools and the School For The Blind in Austin. She has written for Glasstire and Art&Seek, and she tutors children in early reading skills at Dealey Montessori. When she isn’t looking at art or reading with kids, she’s reading about art or looking for a new read.
(Sunday) 11:00 am - 11:45 am
The Wild Detectives
314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas