Journey back in time with these whimsical children’s poetry books from the Soviet Union

Journey back in time with these whimsical children’s poetry books from the Soviet Union

Instead of American-style comics to play with, generations of children in the Soviet Union had colourful poetry books written and illustrated by some of the country’s biggest names.

12 December 2019

Ranging from the funny and caustic to the endlessly moralistic, brightly-illustrated poetry books were a bedtime mainstay for generations of Soviet children.

Now the verses and their artwork are reappearing on your feed, scanned and arranged by Instagram account @Stihodrom.

Printed between 1927 and 1991, the poems include verses penned by celebrated Soviet poet and dissident Joseph Brodsky. But the books aren’t just an exercise in translation: they’re a study of Soviet fine art, featuring social realist, abstract, and conceptual work from the likes of Aleksandr Deyneka and Victor Pivovarov, a renowned member of the Moscow Conceptualist movement.

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