A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

Ukrainian / Ukraine

Vijna, ščo zminyla Rondo
(The war that changed Rondo)

Romanyšyn, Romana / Lesiv, Andrij (text/illus.)
Vijna, ščo zminyla Rondo
(The war that changed Rondo)
L'viv: Vydavnyctvo Staroho Leva, 2015. –  [32] p.
ISBN 978-617-679-105-8

War – Incomprehension – Victims of war – Peace – Picture book

“War sows black flowers in its wake – dry, prickly weeds. Silent and without fragrance.” There are other great Ukrainian illustrators besides Romana Romanyšyn and Andrij Lesiv, but with “Vijna” the two artists of the Agrafka design studio have created yet another exceptional picture book. After receiving the 2014 Opera Prima Award for “Zirky i makovi zernjata” (Stars and poppy seeds), they were honoured a second time at the international Bologna Ragazzi Award the following year with a New Horizons Mention for “Vijna”. The parable follows three child-like, intelligent and caring beings living in a place called Rondo, where a war breaks out suddenly and inexplicably. The creatures invent a light machine that creates hope and helps dissipate the war. Poetically contrasting light, gentleness, flowers and music with darkness, hardness and silence, the book makes tangible that war leaves behind not only lasting wounds in its victims, but also that it can affect anyone and in the end always remains unfathomable.
(Age: 4+)