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The following text appears as an English-language reading lesson in
E. Belova and L. Todd,English: A Textbook of the English Language for the 7th Grade in 7-year and Secondary Schools (third edition)State Textbook and Pedagogical Publishers of the Ministry of Education of the RSFSR, Moscow, 1952; pp. 99-100.


The summer months are June, July, and August. In the far North the sun never sets in summer. In all parts of our great country there are blue skies and sunshine. Sometimes there are thunderstorms and heavy rains, which bring joy to the hearts of the collective farmers.

In this season letters come to Comrade Stalin from all parts of our Soviet land. The collective farmers of Siberia, of Kazakhstan, of the Ukraine, of the Baltic Republics and many other parts of the Soviet Union write that their crops are good. They promise to deliver to the Government more corn, more cotton, more fruit, vegetables and potatoes than they are required to deliver according to the plan.

The workers in the mills and factories open all the windows, for it is often very hot at work in summer-time. But the Soviet workers are not afraid of heat, and they work quite as well as in the cooler days of spring or autumn. They spend their free time in the parks and by the rivers. Many of them have their annual leave in summer, and they go to rest-homes and sanatoriums.

There is alrady plenty of fresh fruit. The workers in towns and cities can buy cherries, apricots, early plums, apples, and all kinds of small fruit in the shops and in the streets. There are plenty of early vegetables, too, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, apricots and cabbages, which are grown by the collective farmers for the workers. In return, the workers make machines and tractors for the collective farms and clothes and boots and hundreds of other things that the collective farmers need.

Summer is the season when schoolboys and schoolgirls put away their text-books and note-books. They have learned very much from their books during the school year. Now it is time to observe and study nature herself; it is time to take deep breaths of her sweet fresh air, to swim and bathe in her sunlit waters, to gather her treasures of field and forest and so get more health and strength and a stronger will to live and study in a way that will make our young generation worthy citizens of our Socialist Motherland.

Many important dates in the Soviet calendar fall in summer. Our people will never forget the 22nd of June, 1941, when the German fascists broke their Pact of Non-Aggression with the Soviet Union and without warning attacked our peace-loving country. That day was the beginning of the Great Patriotic War which ended on the 9th of May 1945, in a great victory for our Soviet Army and the whole Soviet people.

Four annual holidays come in summer; they are Physical Culture Day and Soviet Navy Day in July, and Railway Day and Soviet Aviation Day in August. On Soviet Aviation Day great numbers of Moscow people and visitors to the capital watch a great demonstration of the skill of our Soviet pilots and the achievements of Soviet aeroplane designers.

Two important dates in the young pioneer calendar come in summer. Do all pioneers know that the famous pioneer camp "Artek" was first opened on the 1st of July, 1925, and that the first All-Union Pioneer Rally took place in Moscow in August, 1929?

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