[KS] Kim Il Sung children's stories...
king1775 at shaw.ca
Wed Jun 5 12:20:29 EDT 2002
>Does anybody on the list have details of the children's stories Kim Il
>Sung (possibly with Kim Jong Il) is alleged to have written? I have been
>trying to find a reference and any details about such ventures for some
>time...and any help would be much appreciated.
This won't be a lot of help, but two of these stories are featured on North
Korean postage stamps in the 1970s. The first to get its own set of
commemorative stamps was the story "A cock chasing a butterfly,"
illustrated in cartoon style on North Korean postage stamps nos. 1148-1153
(1973; the numbers are from the North Korean Korean Stamp Catalogue
(1946-1998)). The captions read:
1148: Cock appearing in the village of butterflies
1149: Butterflies discussing how to repulse cock
1150: Cock chasing butterfly
1151: Butterfly luring the cock
1152: Cock faced with danger
1153: Cock drowned
This set of 6 got a detailed, two-page write-up in Korean Stamps, nos.
11-12 (1974, pp. 24-25). The article starts: "Featured in the stamps are
scenes from the fable "A Cock Chasing a Butterfly" authored by the great
revolutionary leader Comrade Kim Il Sung and told to the men of the Korean
People's Revolutionary Army during the Anti-Japanese armed struggle.
Through a fight between a butterfly and a cock, the leader
explained that the victory in a fighting could never be won only by the
might of strength, but it could be attained by wisdom, determination and
The second story is commemorated in another set of 4 stamps from 1979
titled "Story about Two Generals" (nos. 1785-1788). The captions read:
1785: Game of military arts
1786: Game of sending feather of chicken over fence
1787: Two generals smashing Japanese invaders
1788: Two generals returning in triumph
This set, too, got a two-page write-up in Korean Stamps (1980, no 2, pp.
22-23, but I seem to have only p. 22). The write-up begins: "This story was
told personally by the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung.
Upon a time [sic] there were two villages called Torae and Naru in
a coastal area of our country. Engaged both in fishing and farming, the
people of village Torae and village Naru lived intimately.
And, one day they were informed of the fact that the overseas
robbers were making preparations for attacking the villages. Then the
villagers began to make preparations to defend their homeland from the
PS My Eudora 'Miss Manners' censoring function really would have preferred
'rooster' in the North Koreans' translations!
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