A well designed, powerful illustrated book was made for younger orphaned children one year after WWII.
Short one-page poems, accompanied by juxtaposed colourful illustrations, both printed on thicker paper, tell stories of and to children, who lost their parents in the war (a father, who was a Partisan and was executed by the Germans, and a mother who died in a concentration camp), and of children, who were actively participating in the war by transporting letters and supply to the Partisans, and were threatened with guns by the Germans.
The message at the end of this book to these children without families and with post war trauma is to find the meaning in rebuilding the country, by helping clearing out the ruins, recycling metal and planting new gardens: “ I learn and work to help rebuilding new country”.
The illustrations were made by Janez Vidic, who was active during the WWII as an illustrator in the underground Partisan printing presses. Among others he was the author of illustrations of one of the most beautifully designed underground publications, France Preseren’s Zdravjica, published by Trilof in the winter of 1944. After WWII he worked as illustrator, graphic designer, printer and fresco master.
The illustration on the cover was based on a drawing by Henrik Béranek, who was active as an illustrator of books, posters and children’s magazine Ciciban after WWII and around 1950. He is not to be confused with the artist Jože Béranek, the author of many right-wing propaganda posters, who was executed in 1945, after the end of WW II.