Vyesielyie Stichy y Skazki - Funny nursery rhymes and tales (Russian)
By Samuil Marshak
Samuil Yakovlevich Marshak was a Russian and Soviet writer, translator and children's poet.Starting in 1922 he worked with the Rainbow publishing house where he published “Kids in a Cage,” “Fire,” “Blue Bird,” ”Circus,” “Luggage” and “Such an Absent-Minded Man,” which became very popular. In 1925 he became head of the children’s literature section of the State Publishing House in Leningrad. He also edited several children’s magazines.
Paradoxically, the first rhymes Soviet children learned were English songs translated by the children’s poet Samuil Marshak. The collections of small rhymes by Samuil Marshak, including “Kids in a Cage” and “The House that Jack Built” first saw the light in 1923 and generations of Soviets grew up with these rhymes without having the slightest idea of their non-Russian origin. Now the time has come for young readers in Britain to admire the timeless children’s poetry by Samuil Marshak in English. Not many people know that the beloved charming story about a little girl who sees all twelve months of the year at once is a retelling of a traditional Czech folk tale by Samuil Marshak. Written in a light and witty vein, “Twelve Months” portrays twelve wise and just rulers of nature, and two girls of opposite type, the virtuous one, who they help, and the naughty one, who they punish. Marshak’s dynamic, witty poems introduced children to the world of nature and simple things. From the 1920s until the present day, they have remained as beloved popular children’s reading.