I've been trying to figure out a way to honor our much-loved Russian professor from college who passed away this month... I wasn't quite sure what to do... until today.
Chris and I are donating these children's books to the Russian Department of our college in his memory. It's so fitting... The independent studies that I did with him were in children's literature, his father wrote children's books, and he once worked as the editor of a famous Russian children's magazine that featured children's poetry and fairy tales...
I chose books that are accessible to students in the first two years of Russian study, ones that could be worked into the classroom to illustrate specific vocabulary or grammatical points. Our university has an exceptionally strong first-year language program, where students have daily classes with both a professor and a student teaching assistant. I would have loved to have had such books available when I was working as a T.A. for the department!
Oh -- and the choice of the full series of "Olivia" books? Well, not only are they delightful and full of excellent grammar/vocabulary... but they also feature a spirited little piglet who in so many ways resembles his granddaughter when she was little! He and his wife delighted in her misadventures!