Ivan and Sonya lived in Russia.
Their city had all sorts of decorative buildings, including ones with
onion shaped domes on top. Some were pink and green; others were blue,
and some were orange and yellow and purple. Ivan and Sonya went with
their mama to the shops every day to buy bread and vegetables for
supper. Some days they bought venison and elk meat.
One day Sonya and Ivan asked
their mama if they could go and play in the square while she went
shopping. "I'm tired of shopping, Mama. I want to have a snowball
fight with Sonya." Ivan adjusted his furry cap.
"I'm tired too, Mama. I want to
build a snow house." Sonya smiled and pulled her gloves up.
Mama looked around the square.
The snow fell softly and not many people were around. "All right, you
can go and play. I'm going to the butcher shop to buy some meat for
our supper. Stay in the square where I can see you."
Sonya and Ivan ran off to play.
They threw snowballs and built a wall of snow blocks. Sonya pointed at
the gate to the city. "Ivan, I just saw something. Come on." She ran
off towards the entrance.
"Mama told us not to leave here.
Wait for me." Ivan ran after his sister.
When they went out of the gate
they saw a big elk. It was lying in the snow. Ivan walked up to it and
stroked it's face. "Nice elk. You're supposed to be in the forest, not
here near the city."
Sonya stroked it too. "What a
pretty animal you are, elk. Ivan, sometimes Mama makes elk and we eat
it." She looked at the animal. "I'm never eating elk again."
"Me neither. Elk, you'd better
go back to the forest before someone comes and shoots you and eats you
for supper." Ivan stood and beckoned the elk to follow him.
Sonya stood too. Together they
walked towards the pine trees. The elk followed. "There you are.
You're safe here, for now. You'd better go way into the mountains
where nobody can find you." After giving the elk another stroke, she
patted its bottom and it ran into the forest.
Ivan and Sonya ran back to the
square, just as Mama came out of the baker. They ran up to her. "Mama,
don't ever buy elk again. We won't eat it. Why don't we have some fish
and chicken for a change." Sonya smiled.
"What a good idea. I was just
thinking how nice it would be to have fish. Come with me. We'll go to
the Fishmongers." Mama took their hands and off they went.
Sonya winked at Ivan. The two of
them giggled and finished shopping with their mama.