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Maxim Galkin
reads Cock the roach
by Korney Chukovsky

Who would have imagined that an insect as mean as a cockroach could become the hero of an entire book? Animals knew no worries until a "cock the roach" appeared among them. It was then that they all "ran through the woods and across the fields, frightened by a pair of huge bug whiskers..." But would the shy elephants and crocodiles expect a lively little sparrow to rescue them?

Kornej Čukovskij

(San Pietroburgo, 31 marzo 1882 – Mosca, 28 ottobre 1969)
His fame is linked, above all, to the stories in verse for children, whose protagonists are the animals. His first fairy tale in verse “The Crocodile” – dates back to 1916. Other very popular fairy tales: “The Chatting Fly”, “Cock the roach”, “The Doctor Ajbolit”, “The Telephone”, “Washed until consumed”. His fairy tales, like Lewis Carroll’s works, are often based on nonsense. Although fairy tales were written in youth, before the October Revolution, they were understood in the Soviet Union in the 1930s as anti-communist satirical works, branded as “defamatory of the Soviet state” so they remained on the list of “works not subject to distribution and marketing in bookshops” until 1981.

 

Maxim Galkin

He is the most popular linguist, comedian, periodist and TV presenter in Russia. In particular he leads the weekly program with talented children Best of All.

 

Once upon a time there was a library

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It was in the heart of the city, in a palace called Brera. It was a very grand library, founded by the Empress Maria Teresa many many years ago. The library was full of treasures: rare books, precious manuscripts, letters, maps and drawings. It was a very important library for scholars, students and the whole city. But then a dark cloud of illness came over the country, and all the schools, museums, theatres and even libraries had to close their doors. It was a very bleak time, and everyone had to stay at home, lonely, worried, and even a little frightened. But just as manuscripts don’t burn, libraries don’t stop, even when the doors are closed. So this library decided that if people could not come to the library, the library would go to them. It thought of all the children stuck at home unable to go to school, and started to read.
James M. Bradburne, direttore generale della Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense e della Pinacoteca di Brera