Monday, 11 May 2015

A Sergey Kozlov fairytale

Hedgehog in the fog
3 Feb 2015 | From Diana of Belarus

The postcard shows an illustration from the children's book 'Hedgehog in the fog' written by Sergei Kozlov. The book is about two friends, a little hedgehog and a bear cub. The little hedgehog (voiced by Mariya Vinogradova), who is on his way to visit his friend the bear cub. The two would meet every evening to drink tea from the cub's samovar, which was heated on a fire of juniper twigs. As they drank their tea, the hedgehog and the bear would chat and count the stars together.

On this day, the hedgehog decides to bring the bear cub some raspberry jam. As Hedgehog heads out, a sinister looking eagle-owl is following him. Hedgehog passes through the woods and encounters a beautiful white horse standing in a fog. He is curious as to whether the horse would drown if it went to sleep in the fog. The hedgehog decides to explore the fog for himself. As he goes down an incline into the fog, it is soon so thick that the hedgehog can't even see his own paw.

Sergey Kozlov is an acclaimed Russian children's writer. Although he had no children of his own and never knew his natural parents (in 1940 he was adopted from an orphanage), Sergey Kozlov grew up to become one of the best Russian fairytale writers. Despite his vocation, which became evident during his school years, Kozlov lived a quiet, almost solitary life and never sought fame; he didn't even earn his living by writing alone.

Although Kozlov's stories were written as bedtime stories, they also kept parents wide awake and enchanted. Centred on the lives of various forest characters: Hedgehog, Little Bear, Hare, Squirrel and other animals endowed with human traits and distinct personalities, his fairytales have been translated into French, Japanese and other languages.

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