The visage of Lenin is a stylized version of a photograph of the leader at age four. It is a very good likeness. This very young “Volodya” with chubby cheeks and soft curls looks out quietly and earnesty.
The illustration pictured forms the title page of the picturebook. It is emblematic of the contrast running through the book between the official image of Lenin (from the cover) and the softer, more humanized leader who dominates the majority of the book's pages.
"For Children about Lenin"
The soft colors and the flowery text reading “For Children About Lenin” establish a connection between reader and subject at the very outset of the book.