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Moidodir, Kornej Čukovskij
reading by Igor Kostolevsky

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Moidodir, Kornej Čukovskij
reading by Igor Kostolevsky

 
Kornej Čukovskij (San Pietroburgo, 31 marzo 1882 – Mosca, 28 ottobre 1969)
He was one of the most popular children’s poets in the Russian language. His catchy rhythms, inventive rhymes and absurd characters have invited comparisons with the American children’s author Dr. Seuss.[1][2] Chukovsky’s poems Tarakanishche (“The Monster Cockroach”), Krokodil (“The Crocodile”), Telefon (“The Telephone”) and Moydodyr (“Wash-’em-Clean”) have been favourites with many generations of Russophone children. Lines from his poems, in particular Telefon, have become universal catch-phrases in the Russian media and everyday conversation. He adapted the Doctor Dolittle stories into a book-length Russian poem as Doctor Aybolit (“Dr. Ow-It-Hurts”), and translated a substantial portion of the Mother Goose canon into Russian as Angliyskiye Narodnyye Pesenki (“English Folk Rhymes”). He was also an influential literary critic and essayist.

 

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A LIBRARY IN MILAN
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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