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Rainbow Flower by Valentin Katayev

RainbowFlowerI 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 buy  a copy for your Kindle or order a book online for your personal library in Russian.

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 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!


About the Author


AnnaOriginally from Russia, Anna has a Bachelor’s in Education and Linguistics from Moscow State Pedagogical University in Moscow, and a Master’s Degree in International and Interactive Communication from University of Lille 1, IAE Business School in Lille, France. Anna speaks fluent Russian, English and French and also knows some Spanish, German, Japanese and Italian. Her education, work experience and many years of teaching and tutoring both in the actual classroom and online helps her understand the needs of students as well as the design, management and promotion of language courses, textbooks and learning materials. As a voice actor Anna has contributed many tracks to the audio components of this course and you can see her on the videos as the lead teacher. Anna is very interested is supporting and promoting the study of the Russian language, as well as introducing Russia’s language and culture to a variety of people world-wide. If you notice any issues or mistakes in the digital or audio components, are interested in reviewing Russian Step By Step Series or in purchasing large quantities, please contact Anna.View all posts by Anna →


  1. Shaparak

    Hi Anna,
    Thank you for sharing the book “Rainbow flower”. I have read it when I was a little girl. Your post brought back lovely old dreams.
    I am wonderimg if you know where I can get other old books such as “Stories and pictures” by Suteev and “Vitia Maleev in school and at home”.I have read them when I was little and would love to get it for my daughter. I am interested in hard copies but PDF is fine too.
    Any information would be highly appreciated.

    • Anna

      Thank you so much for your comment. I Love those books too and read them to my kids still. You can check out this website – they seem to have a good collections of children’s book I I enjoy reading with my kids.

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