As soon as the first snowflakes appear, young and old begin to sing their favorite song. The verses about Snezhko and Sharo, who "anxiously shakes his head", are constant companions of the first snow and echo in our minds to this day. These magical words "The first snow is falling quietly..." bequeathed to us by Tsvetan Angelov from Vratsa.
Kalina Todorova from the "Hristo Botev" Regional Library - Vratsa tells the memories of the sweet-spoken poet's heirs.
The future beloved children's author had an unhappy childhood. He was born on January 28, 1922 in the small and poor house of grandmother Tsena in Vratsa. He was orphaned early. His mother and uncle bequeathed a real treasure - an old chest of children's books - Andersen's "Wild Swans", Scheherazade's tales from "One Thousand and One Nights" and many more unforgettable characters. Taking on his shoulders the overwhelming burden of only an eight-year-old boy to overcome hardships and adversity, he is loved by everyone in the village and everyone tries to help him. The little boy is a shepherd of foreign cows, digs, sells lilies of the valley in pharmacies, collects and sells medicinal herbs, distributes delicacies to guests who came to Vratsa for the Second June celebrations. The future poet worked and studied - this is how he managed to finish primary school, junior high school and high school in Vratsa. His first poems were published in the Vratsa newspaper "National Uprising".
Adversity continued to accompany him during his military service - first in the 35th Infantry Regiment, and then in the School for Reserve Officers. He refused to participate in the shooting of Vaptsarov, suffered severe harassment, fell ill. After being treated in various military hospitals, he was discharged. In 1943, Tsvetan Angelov became a teacher in the village of Erden, Mihailovgradsko, and a year later - after September 9, 1944, he was a student of Slavic philology in Sofia.
In 1946, he participated in a competition for a job at Radio Sofia. The famous writer Elin Pelin tells him the happy news that he won the contest, gives him 200 BGN to buy a suit and shoes to wear to work. So the young poet again works, studies and writes.
He became an editor in the village of "Septemvriiche". From 1960 to 1980, he was the editor-in-chief of Druzhinka magazine. He wrote two books - "In Minutes of Reflection" (1964) and "A Man Comes to the World" (1976), in which he confessed his feelings and emotions, reflected on his own place in life. He is an extremely prolific children's author - more than 60 books for children are born from his pen, including the popular "Honest Word", "Laughs of Mistakes", "Gold Diggers", "Flower", "Written Chest", "Cradle of Joy" ". Publishes the novel for adults "Village in the Plain". His creativity excites with his penetrating look at the child's soul and the thoughts, desires and longings of the little ones, with his ability to communicate with his minor readers through poetry. And the most important thing: the desire to grow as a poet did not leave him until the end of his days - this is how he fulfilled Elin Pelin's vow "to become an excellent artist". And he really succeeds - as if everything he touches begins to breathe, sound, glow, pour life-giving juices, speak with his own language.
Many of his books have been translated into German, Russian, Romanian and other languages. His "inspired, cheerful and clever poems...", as the master storyteller Angel Karaliychev defines his works, are timeless. And in the new century, they were loved and read: in the anthology of Bulgarian classics for children "Golden Book of Bulgarian Poetry for Children", published in 2002 by the "Pan" publishing house, his poems were included, along with those of the sweet-talker P.R. Slaveykov, Ivan Vazov, Chicho Stoyan, Dyado Blago, Elin Pelin, Ran Bosilek, Vesa Paspaleeva, Kalina Malina, Atanas Dushkov and others. The song "Sharo and the first snow", based on poems by Tsvetan Angelov and music by Alexander Raichev, is always present today in all playlists with selected "unforgettable", "favorite", "eternal" children's songs, performed by the most popular vocal formations.
Tsvetan Angelov is one of the encyclopedic poets in Bulgarian children's literature. Winner of the "Petko R. Slaveykov" Literary Award of the Ministry of Education in 1973. He was included in the Honor List of the International Council for Children's Books for "Tsvetushka" in 1979. Based on the scripts he wrote - the play "Open the Window" performed in the Ivan Vazov National Theater more than 100 times, always in front of a packed hall.
In a conversation with his daughter-in-law Vesa Angelova in May 1981, the artist shared that he had prepared another novel for adults. He failed to publish it - he fell ill and died on January 29, 1982 at the age of 60.