Sharing...When homeless Russian dog Vladimir is rescued from the cold, he joins a growing community of animals inhabiting Ludmila's barn - Ludmila herself, of course, and the three hens, the two cows, the one contrary goose, and then the swallows!. Ludmila knows the best way to maintain harmony in these tight quarters is to share and share alike. More
Ludmila’s Way Text-Only Version
For the serious young reader - ages 6-9
This version of Ludmila’s Way does not include the illustrations. The text itself carries the story completely...no pictures necessary for the serious young reader. This is a high level reading experience, and the quick turning pages keep the story moving.
Sharing - Discover the spirit of generosity in a timeless Russian village.
"A new friend has come to share our barn. Let us welcome him."
And so the homeless dog Vladimir-with his stock of proverbial Russian wisdom-joins the growing community of rustic characters that inhabit Ludmila's barn-Ludmila herself, of course, three hens, two cows, one contrary goose-and we mustn't forget the scurrying Malyshy-tiny, but very hungry-and then the migrating swallows!
Ludmila knows the best way to maintain harmony in these tight quarters. Share and share alike. But Ludmila's way is not embraced by all the barnyard residents, least of all by Pavel the goose-who is beginning to worry about his corn ration.
The ancient Russian village of Suzdal, with its onion-shaped domes, bell towers, wooden windmills and chalk white monasteries, provides the backdrop for this simple story of generosity. And a traditional Russian family, who tend the animals and grow fruit and vegetables on a small plot of land, echo this theme in human terms.
As Vladimir knows, where the needle goes, the thread follows. Generous Ludmila is the needle leading her animal friends-as well as young readers-toward a happier way of living together. With her guidance, everyone discovers the tangible and intangible rewards of sharing. Author Linda Talley's gentle story is delightful reading for young and old alike.
A surprise and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information" which includes lots of facts about Russia, Suzdal, Russian Hospitality, Russian Sayings and Proverbs, Babushka, Matryoshka, Barn Swallows and Balalaika...a feast of Russian culture and folk art. This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in interesting description.
A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with young readers about the message of the story...the gift of sharing. So even though on the surface this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.
Making the Case for Character Education
If you are tired of bullying, teasing, youth violence, gangs, vandalism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct…
If you are tired of the crisis with our older youth…
If you want to help make a difference one tiny step at a time…
Then this is the eBook for your children ages 6-9.
Read with your children, discuss the concept and message…
and know that you are part of the movement sweeping America to bring back our important values by restoring character education in our homes and schools.
(signed) The Thoughtful Parent childrensebooksbyjoan