National Geographic : 1957 Mar
© National Geographic Society JNU + Finnish Lapps Herd Reindeer Beneath the Northern Lights When 13-year-old Laila Ponkala painted this school water color in Tornio, Finland, she had never seen a reindeer except in the Helsinki zoo. "Finland's Santa Claus comes from Lapland by reindeer and sleigh," says Laila, "but if there is no snow he travels by car or airplane." Lithuanian Heroine at a Frosty Pane Keeps Vigil for Her Lost Brothers + Kestutis Zapkus fled to the United States when Russia invaded his native land. At 12 he painted this illustration of a Lithuanian folk tale about a girl who liberated her nine brothers from a witch's spell. + No One Harms el Toro in Rural Ecuador's Bloodless Bullfight Although the animals are not as savage as those used in the arenas, they do toss a few bold fellows, much to the merriment of the onlookers. Anyone who snatches the silk coverlet from the bull's back wins the coins sewed onto it. Edgar Augusto Robalino A., of Quito, painted the scene at 11 years.