Seven-year-old Vanjatka helps the mother: she drives the pigs in the yard, beats them with a twig. Then Vannyka runs into the stable to his father, watches him lubricate the wheels of the cart. “Vanyanka wanted to do everything that adults do, but not enough strength.” The boy decided to attach a collar himself to the horse, but he himself was hooked by the helmet and hung under the horse’s neck. His father gave him a slap. Vanyatka drove the calves to the mountain to graze.
It’s time to mow. Mother leaves Vanya to look after her two-year-old sister Nyurka. The boy, leaving his sister, ran off to the mowing, but after a moment’s thought, he did not show up to the adults, as he knew that he would be punished for
“Vanya, cautiously holding it, carried it back:
-Ah you are sullen! .. My dear… poor… Look, damn, how he you! ..” The
hare began to live under the barn in the burrow. During a terrible thunderstorm Vanyatka got scared and ran out into the street. There he found an abandoned puppy. “Immediately passed fear, a sense of abandonment, loneliness.”
The puppy and the hare made friends, began to play together, slept together in the bag.
One night thieves crept into the yard. The puppy screeched, and the hare drummed its paws through the window. Vanya’s father woke up and grabbed his gun: the thieves and the trail were cold.
So animals have grown fond and animals. They gave the nicknames: a puppy – a bully, a hare – One-eyed.
Vanyanka did not part with them. “Wherever he went, the shaggy, smoky Bully fought ahead, and behind One-eye will make two or three leaps, become a column and lead ears…”
In the autumn Vanyanka wanted to go to the school, like all his comrades, but the father said that it’s too early for him.
The boy himself in the rain ran to school.
The Bully and One-Eyes followed him. Vanyka began to drive them home (he shouted “Let’s go! .. I’ll kill you”).
When Vanya was sitting at the lesson, everyone noticed that a hare and a dog were looking out the window. Teacher said that this is not good.
On their return, Zabiyaka and One-Eye met Vanyanka on the road.
In the spring the rabbit ran away into the forest, Zabiyaka began to guard the yard.
Vanyatka worked in the yard indefatigably during the summer, and in the winter he ran to school in his father’s felt boots.