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Throughout the book Aunt Polly is depicted as a representative of greed and punitive capriciousness: a fat mountain of a woman, with a moon-shaped face, pince-nez, and a frown. She lords over Tom, instructing him in the reading of his atlas. Like the other illustrations in the booklet, the illustrations are figurative line drawings in black and white.

"Atlas" -- once Tom sees an atlas and learns where the “country of Bolsheviks” is located, the subsequent visuals gain amplitude and complexity, primarily to reflect the wealth of experience possible in the Soviet Union.