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Philipok

by Leo Tolstoy and retold by Ann Keay Beneduce
Illustrated by Gennady Spirin

Published by Philomel, 2000
32 pages
ISBN: 0-399-23482-9

Ages 3 - 6

Little Philipok wants to go to school just like his older brother. One very cold winter day Philipok puts on his jacket and his father's old fur hat and finally finds his way to the school. Beautiful paintings by artist Gennady Spirin envision a Russian village landscape, some of its inhabitants, and the rural, one-room school featured in this charming, easy-to-read short story. Spirin now lives in the USA, but he grew up in a Russian village and later was trained as a fine artist in Moscow. The great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy is widely known for his classic novels written for adults. It's less well known that during the late 1850's Tolstoy started a school for peasant children, and that he wrote some stories for very young children of which this is one. Readers are briefly told about Tolstoy at the end of this easy-to-read story. They also can read that Spirin remembers it as a favorite from his own childhood. CCBC categories: New Editions of Old Favorites; Easy Fiction; Picture Books for Younger Children.(GMK; Dec 25) 2000 Cooperative Children's Book Center


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