This is the second book on Babar the elephant, told and illustrated by Jean de Brunhoff, printed by WSOY in 1949.
The war was present even in children's books. Babar paints the biggest elephants' tails red, and scary eyes on both sides of the tail. Arthur makes giant wigs. One of us has added some drawing on the elephants' behinds.
The rhinos think they see scary monsters and run away.
Pip has made a list of links to other blogs showing vintage illustrations.