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Lion and the Puppy and Other Stories for Children

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In the last years of his life, Tolstoy founded a school which was open all day with children coming and going as they pleased. All his students were eager and arrived early, departing late. This is a collection of 25 stories he wrote for his students. 13 full-color illustrations.
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (first published March 1st 2012)
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Nov 03, 2014 Sera rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sera by: My Little Girl
My 5-year old daughter took this one out of her school library. Many of the stories are depressing to the point where I was concerned that the subject matter may have been too taxing for my daughter. She seemed to handle it all well, though, and in a way, was almost whimsical about the graphic nature of some of the stories.

Other stories had the most incredible imagery, full of vivid descriptions and vibrant language. "The Swan" is one of the most beautiful stories that I have ever had read imag
The Lion and The Puppy was one of my favorite books growing up. I first discovered it whilst wasting away teacher's work days in my librarian-mom's school library. I was 5, much younger than the 4th-7th grade school, so many of the books were a bit too hearty for me, but The Lion and the Puppy immediately attracted me. Some of the stories do have elements of sadness, but all in a very natural or real manner. I remember puzzling through my feelings after each tale and going back and reading it ti ...more
Of course, these days I am regularly pressured to only read Russian literature in Russian, but I wandered by this in the library one day and could not resist having a peek.

Tolstoy is my absolute favourite author, besides. It's not going to be too hard to track down something called like Лев и Щенок or one of the dozens of synonyms for puppy in Tolstoy's bibliography, no? Ah, the Азбука looks right!
Rather, that word means the alphabet, as it's for children. *dictionary-references just in case*
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Having been written by Tolstoy, I expected these children's stories to be fairly literary, and they were. They were also rather peculiar for children's stories. Some of them are obviously didactic, like fables; others are just plain depressing, like the title story "The Lion and the Puppy". All of them were interesting, and could be used to start meaty discussions in a classroom situation. In fact, theses stories were written for the children in Tolstoy's school for the village children. I can i ...more
I like Leo Tolstoy, but I guess I'm just not big on the genre of fables. Many of the stories were quite sad. I like his Three Questions, also for kids, better.
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
Easy and good read. The title story is worth reading in the collection.
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Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой; commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider To ...more
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