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Being the Only Child in the Family

 These opinion essays were written by Alla Nykonenko, a school-leaver of Varva Gymnasium in 2009

The Wonderful Basket

   A mother and her little boy lived in a little house. They were very poor. All they had was a horse. One day the mother said, “We have no money, you must go and sell the horse.”
   The boy took the horse and went to the town. He met a farmer with a big green basket in his hands. “Sell me your horse”, said the farmer. “I can give you this basket”. “What good is this basket for me?” – said the boy. “What can I put into it?” “Take me, take me”, said the basket, “I am a wonderful basket.”
   The boy took the basket and went home. When he came home, he put the basket on the table and showed it to his mother. The mother looked at the basket and said, “What good is this basket for us, what can we put in it?”
   But the basket jumped from the table and ran out of the house. When it came back to the poor boy’s house, it was full of good things. Now the mother and her boy had dinner. Every morning the wonderful basket jumped from the table and ran out of the house. And every day it came back full of good things. Now the mother and her boy had their breakfast, dinner and supper every day.
wonderful – прекрасний
a basket – кошик
poor – бідний
money – гроші
to sell – продавати
took – взяв
met – зустрів
what good – яка користь
to put – класти
back – назад

The Little Fir-tree

   A little fir-tree stood near an old oak. It was a fine little tree, but it was sad. One day it said, “The oak-tree has leaves. I have only needles. The birds do not make nests in a fir-tree. I want to have leaves, not needles”.
   The next day it had green leaves and was happy. But a goat came to the tree and ate up all the green leaves.
   The fir-tree was sad again and said, “I want to have gold leaves”. The next day it had gold leaves and was happy. But a man came and took all the gold leaves.
   The fir-tree was sad again and said, “I want glass leaves”. The next day it had glass leaves and was happy again. But the wind blew and broke all the glass leaves.
   The little fir-tree was very sad and said, “I do not like gold leaves. Men take them. I do not like green leaves. Goats eat them. I do not like glass leaves. The wind breaks them. I want to have my needles again. Goats do not eat them, men do not take them, the wind cannot break them”.
   The next morning it had all its needles again.

I Live In Ukraine

   Ukraine is a sovereign state. The independence of Ukraine was proclaimed on the 24th of August, 1991. Its sovereignty is now recognized by all the countries of the world. The state symbols of Ukraine are the national flag and emblem. Blue and yellow state flag symbolizes the unity of blue sky and yellow wheat field. The little state emblem — trident — appeared first on the seals in times of Volodymyr the Great.
   It has its own territory, government, national emblem, state flag and anthem.
   The geographical position of Ukraine is very favourable for the development of its relations with the countries of Europe, as well as with the countries throughout the world. It borders on Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania. It is washed by the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. The major rivers are the Dnieper, the Dniester, the Donets and others. The territory of Ukraine consists mostly of plains. The Ukrainian Carpathians and the Crimean Mountains make up only 5 % of its area.
   It is a well-developed industrial and agricultural country. Ukraine has many natural resources.
The population of Ukraine is about 50 million people. The biggest cities are Kyiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Odesa, Lviv, Mykolaiv and others.
   Ukraine has an ancient history. Nowadays Ukraine has established new relations with the countries throughout the world. Ukraine is one of the members of the United Nations Organization (UNO) and participates in the work of many international organizations. Scientists of Ukraine have made a great contribution to the world science.

Україна – наш спільний дім