MOSCOW, March 3 - RIA Novosti. The quality of books for children must be monitored, and they should not "promote bad taste and all sorts of ugliness," said Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations (DECR) on Saturday.
So he commented on the list of children's books that were criticized by the Commissioner for the Rights of the Child under the President of the Russian Federation Anna Kuznetsova.
Earlier, Kuznetsova at a conference in the Russian State Children's Library presented a selection of modern children's literature, which, in her words, "even to adults is scary to show." The list, in particular, included Igor Irteniev's poem "about an eye that fell into the toilet" and Svetlana Lavrova's fairy tale "Where the rooster horse gallops." In total, the presentation of Kuznetsova included 16 works.
"I think that the quality of literature for children should be controlled. I do not know who should be the censor, but I think that specialists should take part here. After all, it is very important not only what knowledge we instill in children, but also what taste we develop. in children, "Metropolitan Hilarion said on the air of the Church and the World program on the Russia 24 TV channel.
As an example, he cited Soviet cartoons from his childhood, which "were all very kind." The heroes created by Russian animators, according to the metropolitan, were "kind and beautiful images."
“When I sometimes now, turning on the TV, find myself on the channel of cartoons, then, as a rule, I see only monsters there. That is, the aesthetic paradigm that is laid in our children with the help of these cartoons, in my opinion, is very dangerous. And I think the same goes for books. Those children's books that we read as children, they were not only interesting, but also beautiful, they were wonderful. Be it "Winnie the Pooh", "Alice in Wonderland", be it all sorts of Russian fairy tales. And now more and more literature appears, which, like these new cartoons, promotes bad taste and various kinds of ugliness, and this worries me very much, "concluded Hilarion.