Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cyrillic Practice: Chalk-Style

Once again, it's that time of year... Children have swarmed to the playgrounds in the courtyards, armed with scooters, skates, sand toys and... CHALK. 

I LOVE to see what's drawn on the ground every time I walk by a playground... Put aside the fact that the drawings are labeled in Russian; simply look at what people choose to draw. When have you ever seen a family of hedgehogs (father and son) on American asphalt? 

Equally high on the "Wow, we must be in Russia" scale is the following drawing of a salmon fish. What's next? A sturgeon (i.e. caviar-maker), perhaps?! Oh, but YES! There WAS a sturgeon right next to it -- incredibly well-drawn -- but it had been smudged beyond warranting a photo. 

Even though this next drawing is very faded, it's so cute nonetheless... Here's your friendly milk truck!

Last, but not least, note that in addition to a hopscotch court and teddy bear in the first photo, there's also a trusty Russian mushroom! Natch!


Tina in CT said...

I noticed the mushroom and hedgehogs right away before reading what you'd written. Love it.

Anonymous said...

so cute! thanks for sharing!

miss you!

Anonymous said...

Love the hedgehogs. Have no idea why they images are so popular. I love them, had one for a pet once when I was a child.
The mushroom looks to me like a muchomor (red with white spots), but look to hairy for a muchomor. Must be artist imagination at work here.

Annie said...

Thank you so much for sharing those - they are a delight!