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Smile like the Bright Sun, Smile like the Clear Moon
This was printed after a child read an ethics book, which delivered the message that he should respect his elders and consider his community more important than himself. It is radiating the spirit that makes you fresher, purer and more energetic. (Drawn by a 5 to 6 year-old child in 1847.)

In Spring, the Willow Branches are Drooping...
Was the boy sleepy? Did he look out the window to keep awake? Was the weeping willow rinsing its long hair on the streamside where he was staring? Spring had come all around: the sky was clear and the wind was fresh and cool. How could he be absorbed in studying? He wanted to leave his book opened and go down to the streamside. He wished to float about like a downy feather with green and waving clothes on. (Drawn by a child in the early 20th century)

The Kid's First Picture of a Man
In his childhood, man recognizes things around him in a partial and unstable manner. Later, he comes to understand things wholly and systematically. This picture shows the stage at which man starts to fully understand. (Drawn by a three-year-old child in 1854)

Please Be Scared of Me
A tiger has such a scary face and sharp claws that people believed it could guard them against evil spirits. So they hung tiger paintings on the walls every new year. But this tiger looks so friendly and funny that even rabbits would smile back at him rather than be scared. The doodler intended to draw a tiger only to draw a cat. ?Meow? (Drawn by a child in the late 19th century)

Flowery Palace
This picture reminds Koreans of a children's song, 'Springtime at my home.' I used to live deep in the mountains, full of peach blossoms, and little azaleas. I miss the colorful palace of flowers. And I miss the time I played about there. In the reminiscence of their childhood, time stops passing by and it's eternal splendid springtime. (Drawn by a child in the mid-18th century)

A Stork Caught by a Clam
This picture is based on the folklore: One day a stork tried to peck the flesh of a clam, but the clam shut its shell to grasp the stork?s beak. Seeing the scene, a fisherman caught both of them. Thanks to the silly fight, only the fisherman profited. The stork?s roughly-drawn body contrasts with its big head. What is more interesting is its big eyeballs and fluttering wings. You can feel how embarrassed the stork is. (Drawn by a child in the mid-18th century)

Take steps forward! One two, One two! Two storks are marching off in the triumph. Turning up noses and fluttering tails, they are keeping steps with each other. Their feet stretched out looks full of energy. Where are they going? Are they just enjoying their company? (Drawn by a child in the late 19th century)

Traveler Leaving for Seoul to Take an Exam
With a foot-long beard, the old traveler has not given up hope of serving as a government official. He leaves for Seoul, wearing straw shoes and a holdall. He can recover from his fatigue after a long trip with a few puffs of his pipe. "By the way, Old Man, how can you get to Seoul with that slow pace? I'm afraid you'll fail the exam." (Drawn by a child in the early 19th century)

Between Logic and Illogic
Grandpa's skullcap slants to the right, his feet to the left, and his face looks out at us. His entrails are visible through the transparent body, but his arms can't be seen anywhere. There is a circle (or the sun, or a halo?) above his head, and another big circle in the blank space. Everything is mixed and coexists: right and left, straight lines and curves, tangle and looseness. Grandpa is going between logic and illogic. Or maybe he is going nowhere. (Drawn by a child in the mid-18th century)

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