Thursday, 11 November 2010

Vintage Thingie Thursday: "What is our country?"

Hello dear friends,
Since I posted about our vintage school poster last week, I thought I'd share with you, today, a book from circa the same time period.
It is a book for the 5th class of Primary school, 10-11 year olds.
This is a short story from our ancient history, about true friendship and loyalty.

The themes change according to the season. Animals are often the protagonists.
 Above, Winter, and a bird that needs feeding.
Below, May 1st, and lobsters!

There is no thing such as "generation gap". Generations are tightly knit, and children are often portrayed listening to stories from their grand parents.
From the ancient times, to modern times: The war of independence, 1821.

This is probably among my two favorite childhood poems. Although now considered naif, I love the visual impact it has, and the truth of its words. 
The poet wonders what our country means. Is it the mountains, the sun, the sea? 
Everything is our country, he says. And something more. Something we have deep in our hearts and is bright like the rays of the sun, and pushes us on.

I like the sketches on this book as well as the texts, that have something useful to teach a child and help her become a better person. The style, the shade of green, the two tone printing, it all speaks of times past.
I shall show you some more next week.

Thank you for coming , and thanks to Colorado Lady for hosting!
I am off to visit with you!
love, Irene


Sara Bentley @ Purses Pastries Etc... said...

Just stumbled into your blog and think it's absolutely lovely! I'm following you now -- I'd love for you to visit and follow too if you like :)

LV said...

Thanks for sharing this interesting little book. I enjoyed the history behind it.

Tammy said...

Interesting. I love old books!

Coloradolady said...

Lovely book, I love the colors on the pages. Happy VTT!

Postcardy said...

I can't read it, but I like the way it looks.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

This reminds me of my old Greek School primer! We would memorize the poems and recite them in a program for the parents! It looks almost exactly like the one we used. If it is from the mid-70's, that was when I began Greek instruction.

Irene said...

Sara~I'm following you, too. Sometimes random finds are the best:-)

LV~Glad you did. That's the nice thing about old objects; they have a story to tell.

Tammy~Yes, I love old books too. More heart in them.

Coloradolady~Happy everything to you.

Postcardlady~The images do give out the feeling of the book.

Stephanie~Probably is!

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