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Laura Bush Visits Children's Library in Moscow - 2002-05-24

First lady Laura Bush won giggles and shy smiles from Russian school children Friday as she read a story to them at the State Children's Library in Moscow.

Accompanied by Russian First Lady Lyudmila Putin, Mrs. Bush read a classic American children's book - Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings. Afterwards, Mrs. Bush offered the Russian children pictures of her dog, Barney.

Many Russian children are already familiar with the ducklings in the story because they are represented by statues in a Moscow park that were a gift from Mrs. Bush's mother-in-law, former first lady Barbara Bush.

The current U.S. first lady is a former librarian and school teacher who has championed education and children's issues.