Edited by Elina Druker and Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer
[Children’s Literature, Culture, and Cognition 17] 2023
► pp. 170–188
Although it does not appear under this name on the shelves of bookshops or libraries, the literary genre of the phototextual country portrait has an effective reality in children’s literature, with a wide variety of publications. These works are regularly published in periods when children’s books are seen as the engine of a new pacifist humanism. They flourished in different parts of the world after the two world wars, all carrying the same message of hope, transmitting the conviction that the world, in its diversity and complexity, is one: our world. This article juxtaposes the works of the 1920s series “Children of all Lands Stories”, by the American photographer and filmmaker Madeline Brandeis, with those of the “Enfants du monde” collection, carried by photographs by French photographer Dominique Darbois, to discuss how photographs and texts are combined to offer the young reader new views of the Other and thus promote peace between peoples through children’s literature.