I – 26, and I still belong to the generation that grew up on Soviet books. I started reading early. And the first book I read independently was the fairy tale Soroka Belobok 🙂
In elementary school, sometimes laziness attacked me. But then mom said golden words that I remembered for the rest of my life: If now you do not teach yourself to read, then you will not like to read. It will be harder for you to learn, and you will not be able to become a literate and interesting person.
They made a strong impression on me then. And in my seven years I understood and remembered it. Now I am trying to apply similar tactics in relation to my goddaughter, who finished first grade. So far successful.
Modern or Soviet?
One way or another, the question arises – what to read to a child, what tales, stories? In general, I am rather skeptical about modern literature.
After the publication of her only novel, Nadezhda Alexandrovna Teffi was often asked to write another one. In one of the letters to Andrei Sedykh she replied: Life is not enough. Here is how. And Daria Dontsova slaps two detectives a week.
I don’t say that everything modern is bad. But finding something really worthwhile is difficult. Therefore, after the birth of my goddaughter, I made every effort to collect and hand over to my daughter-in-law the best children’s books of which I grew up with my brother.
I think that in literature there is the same principle as in music – if since childhood the child only listens to chanson and songs of pop singers, he will never appreciate the classics. Also with books. If we start with the base, then Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, the child is unlikely to understand, appreciate, love in the future.
Of course, books written or published during the Soviet era are also different. Therefore, the choice of literature for children should be given due attention.