Russian Book

In Fun
Relationship: Im/migrant

The object I chose was a Russian children’s book called the Three Bears. I chose this object, because it was my first book I’ve ever had, and I got it when I was about 7 months old. The book is a few pages long, pocket size, and written in Russian. My parents bought me this book in  Pavlodar. Pavlodar is a north eastern city in Kazakhstan, which is my birth place. My parents bought the book while they were there to adopt me. When they were in a book store, they saw three cartoon bears on a children’s book. At that time, my parents were also able to read a few numbers and letters in Russian, and три means three, so they assumed it was the story Goldilocks and the three bears. My parents bought me the book as a keepsake from my birth place for me, and also because they are both avid readers. The book is one of the few objects that I still have from Kazakhstan from when I was a baby. While in Kazakhstan my parents bought jewelry for me, but it doesn’t play as an important role in my life as the book. When I think of the book, I think of my childhood. Even though my parents aren’t able to read me the book in Russian, the story is one of my favorite childhood fairytales.

Place(s): Kazakhstan
Year: 2004

– LT-G

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