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A Day in the Country

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Do your students enjoy a good laugh? Do they like to be scared? Or do they just like a book with a happy ending? No matter what their taste, our Creative Short Stories series has the answer.We've taken some of the world's best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve. Each book in the series has ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1985 by Creative Education (first published 1985)
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Pearl Angeli
A beautiful, moving story about two orphaned siblings named Fyolka and Danilka and a cobbler named Terenty who were together in the woods after Terenty rescued Danilka when his hand was stuck into a hole in a tree. In just one day, Danilka's life changed after learning a lot of things from Terenty.

This short story is touching. Anton Chekhov's powerful prose explores a child's desire to learn more about the world and to live in a normal society where childhood experiences should be explored. It'
A Day in the Country is the first of a collection of short stories written by Anton Chekhov set in early 20th century Russia, that depicts everyday life for its rural inhabitants. While this story has its charm, and does effectively and simplistically illustrate "an average day in the country", it is also mundane, unexciting, sluggishly constructed, and remarkably ordinary. The characters are without personality, the plot is nonexistent, the writing is oversimplified, and the events are... well, ...more
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A Day in the Country is a story of two orphaned children at play when a threatening storm is looming forcing inhabitants to take refuge. Danilka manages to have his hand trapped requiring assistance. Luckily Danilka's sister Fyokla enlists the town cobbler Terenty's assistance and he rescues Danilka. The storm passes and the rest of the afternoon the trio enjoy the splendors of the country. Danilka is awed by nature and its beauty. Chekhov demonstrates that the simple things in life bring the mo ...more
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A short story and my first foray into Chekov. Simple tale of 2 orphaned, Russian peasant children and their day spent with Uncle Terenty. Great sense of trust between child and adult who makes the world their classroom. Particular in time and place but universal in its themes. Simple in style and structure but rich in imagery and significance.
aundrea (tchnclrwords)
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“And no one sees his love. It is seen only by the moon which floats in the sky and peeps caressingly through the holes in the wall of the deserted barn.”

Love how this short story is descriptive and poetic at the same time. You’d want a guardian like Terenty.
K. Anna Kraft
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have arranged my thoughts on this short story into a haiku:

"Even with vices
Lowering one’s own fortunes,
One can still do good."
Leah Markum
Two for writing, three for nature references, would like to round up on principle that more books should celebrate experiencing the outdoors but the story was written a little too wrong for that from my perspective. Here's why:

At first I expected this to end in tragedy. A tiny orphan girl had to run over a mile one way to a forest to bring help to her "brother" in the thunder and rain. The helper whined the whole way about miserable orphans and don't be scared of the rain even those the girl exp
Ubaid Talpur
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
simply amazing!
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of the loveliest short stories I have ever read. The description was very detailed to the extent that I was able to put myself in the characters' shoes. 100% would recommend! ...more
Jaime Leos
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
He longs to tell someone all that is haunting him now in the darkness and agitating his soul, but there is no one to tell.

A beautiful but simple short story that is heartwarming.
Zahra Barlas
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written
John Hobert
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is good to read
Aug 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Who can feel pity for the children of the woods? The men and women who are taught by nature and understand it though they have never once read a book. The intuitive life. There are definitely parts worth admiring though Chekhov doesn't mention the less than admirable. However, that aside the book is an interesting take on the living classroom. At some point in our lives we separate children from the world and make them read about it in books instead. The awe, majesty and mystery of life is reduc ...more
Laurence Li
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
>be 6
>get orphaned
>luckily, Terenty is here to save the day
>sleep in a barn
>wake up happy
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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов ) was born in the small seaport of Taganrog, southern Russia, the son of a grocer. Chekhov's grandfather was a serf, who had bought his own freedom and that of his three sons in 1841. He also taught himself to read and write. Yevgenia Morozova, Chekhov's mother, was the daughter of a cloth merchant.
"When I think back on my childhood," Chekh

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