Rainbow Flower by Valentin Katayev
I love some of the classics of the Soviet literature for kids and I have been looking forward to rereading the great books with my children. When I decided to take part in 2015 Summer Around the World Reading Series, I immediately though about the book “Rainbow Flower” by Valentin Katayev (Цветик-семицветик, Валентик Катаев).
A little girl called Zhenya was on her way home from a store with some provisions when she got lost and met a lady who gave her a magical flower with seven petals – each a different color of the rainbow. Zhenya uses the first one to get home and then 5 for various silly things. When only the last petal is left she uses it to cure a boy who could not walk. It’s a kind yet easy to read and understand book that my four year old loves.
You can alo liten to the audio-book here.
I was surprised to know that the book was translated into English in 1960-ties and published with beautiful illustrations. If you or your child do not read Russian then this is a great way to get to know this story.
There also was a cartoon created based on the story.
As a follow up activity you can create a Rainbow flower of your own:
1) Here at kolobok-kolobok.ru a 12 year old Tanya explains how he made hers.
2) And this video will show you another version of the flower
Enjoy your summer reading!