Our Lenin: kid's book from the USA, 1934

Posted May 19, 2009 by icky in Books & Zines

subvert.jpgI can't remember where I found this book, but this is a children's biography of Lenin published in 1934 by the CPUSA press. The writing is a basic heroic summary of his life, translated and adapted from a Russian book by Ruth Shaw and Alan Potamkim. The illustrations are by William Siegel, who I can find no reliable information about off a quick search. But I like his drawings, they're nicely done and simple, good for kids books. His composition is really good too.

This book is heavy on the propaganda (no surprise there) and there's something slightly creepy, comforting and hopeful in this art. The book itself is handsome: big bold red lines at the top and bottom of each page, the drawings fit in nicely with the text. Here's a selection of images:

Sample Page

World War I

bloodysunday.jpgBloody Sunday

Compare and Contrast

The Shooting of Lenin

Simple Math

The Workers


I love that workers + electricity equation; just add power, and bingo, you've got Stalin!

Posted by: roger at May 19, 2009 3:14 PM

Interesting book...what is the title and author so I can see if I can find a copy. Thanks for your posting.

Posted by: David Berona at May 31, 2009 5:14 PM

I have a copy of this book in ok condition. Can you estimate the value of this book?

Posted by: Jim at November 26, 2009 9:01 PM

My sister and I pored over this book at home in the early 50's, being red diaper babies. I remember the illustrations well. I've always felt close to Lenin as a result, despite wisdom aquired over the years...

Posted by: Barbara Newman at June 13, 2011 1:23 PM

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