On weekends, the staff of the Moscow libraries tell mos.ru which books are best to read to children and with children, and to discuss with teenagers. Julia Lysokon, who works in the library is No. 223, recommends books by Gerald Durrell, Ursula Le GUIN, Richard Bach and others.
Series of books about a Bunny Planting
for the youngest readers, from two years old will delight beautifully illustrated tale about the adventures of a charming restless Bunny Seva and his friends. Seva, like any kid, sometimes naughty and does not listen, gets angry, sad, jealous, offended, or offend others, he can be hurt or ashamed.
At the moment, has already published seven books, written by different authors and United by the main character: “Bunny Seva offended!”, “Bunny Seva took someone else’s!”, “Bunny Seva asks for forgiveness!”, “Bunny Seva doesn’t want to go to kindergarten!”, “Bunny Seva goes to favourites!”, “Bunny Seva lost!”, “Bunny Seva is preparing for a New year!”.
At the end of each book are asked questions of psychologists, the child was able to assimilate the material covered. Reading such books will help parents to understand how to respond to a baby crying, whims, or deception, to explaining to a child how to behave correctly in certain situations, why some things cannot be done, and others are necessary.
“Cruise cat” by Ursula Le GUIN
For the little I want to recommend a series of books by well-known American writer Ursula Le GUIN. “Winged cats” is a true classic of the fantasy genre. The cycle consists of four books, the first of which was written in 1988: “Winged cats, Winged cats return”, “Wonderful Alexander and the winged cat”, “Jane itself: stories of winged cats”. Take them safely — children who can’t read yet, great fairy-tales are taken at the hearing.
In a dirty noisy side street of a big city underneath a dumpster from cats Mrs. Jane Tabby had four kittens: they had wings and they could fly. So begins this sweet and touching story of unusual animals, which because of the otherness of the other cats had no place in his hometown. And then the handsome Roger, Thelma thoughtful, kind James and little Harriet were forced to go looking for your cat’s happiness in a huge, slightly frightening and unfamiliar world where no one is warm, can not feed and will not protect, where all have to learn ourselves. But all ends well: the kittens still find their new home and loving hands.
“Travel the world” Gerald Durrell
hazel — baby girl Emma, her brothers Conrad and Ivan, eccentric great-uncle Lancelot goes in a time machine to the Mesozoic era where they vstrh er dinosaurs. The author shows his characters and readers, what life was like in that era and introduces several types of the dinosaurs: good Diplodocus, funny pterosaurs, terrible tyrannosaurs, and other.
This is a fabulous story, written by the famous zoologist and author-naturalist Gerald Durrell, not an encyclopedia, so nothing about the life of ancient dinosaurs you don’t recognize. But will enjoy the story and colorful illustrations.
In some places there are rough turns of phrase. So, in my opinion, it would be nice to read the story together with children and parents.
“the Magic chalk” Sinkin Hopp
Who in the childhood did not dream to become a magician and to be able to fulfill all your desires? Here is an ordinary young boy becomes the owner of the magic chalk accidentally lost witch. He begins to turn the desired into reality, draws his friend Sofus, who comes to life is a coward, hotshot, hot shot and sweet tooth, who consider themselves the most intelligent. With them, readers will unravel the inscription, solve puzzles, go through the maze of the Troll and to experience many other, sometimes bizarre adventure.
Sincan Hopp — world-famous Norwegian author of the literature of the absurd. She wrote this book in 1948. It was translated into many languages. The sequel, “young and sofus”, was released after 11 years.
“Refugee” Alan gratza
the Book by American writer Alan gratza read in one breath, as the action-adventure novel. But the genre it can be called historical-social drama. The author raises important, very painful subject, he talks about the refugees — the people for whom this was not the place at home. The plot revolves around the fate of three teenagers 12 years living in a pivotal and tragic periods of the history of their countries. They are separated by thousands of miles and decades, but in some unimaginable way in the epilogue of their fates intersect. The lives of all three is threatened, and their parents accept the only possible solution in this situation: run.
So, the childhood of Josef against the backdrop of anti-Jewish pogroms in 1939 in Berlin. On a big ship “St. Louis” a boy with his parents and little sister among the several hundred Jewish families sailing across the ocean to Cuba, the only country that agreed to accept refugees from Nazi Germany. Childhood Isabel and her boyfriend Ivan are marred by hunger and street riots of 1994 in Havana. On homemade boat their families are sailing in the hope of finding refuge in Miami. The third story is about a Syrian boy Mahmoud, who in 2015 lived in the city of Aleppo in the civil war and constant bombing. His family tries to escape via Turkey, the Mediterranean sea.ing the sea in Germany.
the Book is based on real events. On the prototypes, documents and historical facts which formed the basis for the book, Alan Gratz says in the notes, and even places of travel card of their heroes. This book is also worth reading together with their parents — the adults will help to correctly interpret a historical context.
“Seagull Jonathan Livingston” by Richard Bach
Finally I want to recommend a very difficult to understand, but incredibly interesting book — “Seagull Jonathan Livingston”. Teenagers often think about the questions about the meaning of life, about their place in this world, purpose, and destiny, to stand out from the crowd to have an opinion. And the author invites them to reflect together with his hero.
Philosophical novel tells a parable about a Seagull, to comprehend the meaning of life and seeking the limit of its capabilities, perfecting the art of flight. Noisy, always noisy and fighting over food native flock discourages hero meaninglessness of their existence for food. Jonathan seeks to understand the root causes. He is wholly given to the study of flight as art and way of being, not as a way of moving in space only for the production of food. He wanted to generously share all their knowledge and discoveries, but the relatives did not understand him, rejected and banished from the pack as the perpetrator of the ancestral traditions of the society of gulls.
This work is uneventful and as if devoid of sharp, dynamic plot, but read in one breath. The author himself was a pilot, loved the sky and reflected this in many of his works. “Seagull Jonathan Livingston”, first published in 1970, is instantly liked by the readers. Three years later the book was made into a movie.
More great books, proven by the readers of children’s libraries and their staff, — in a heading “the Advice of the librarian”.