This Is the World: A Global Treasury
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Czech artist, illustrator, and author M. Sasek’s first children’s travel book was published in 1958. His works presented a poignant picture of some of the world's great cities and countries. After charming children and adults for more than 50 years with his wry commentary and his whimsical paintings, an abridged compilation of his most popular children’s travel books has recently been reissued under the title This is the World.
This affordable collection includes paintings and comments on skaters in Central Park, St Patrick’s Cathedral in Ireland, Oxford University in the UK, the different tartans in Scotland, the Louvre, the Canal Grande in Venice, the Tiger Balm Garden in Hong Kong, and so much more. Talented illustrator and storyteller M. Sasek encapsulated the best of the world’s major capitals and countries - their art, architecture, music, food, and traditions - and brought them to life for young readers. Aren't you glad your family will also get to experience this work of art?
Note: Delightfully age-appropriate, this book still may present a few concerns for conservative families as various worldviews or religions from around the globe are presented or hinted at. For example, you will read about temples and icons in Greece, firecrackers to ward off evil spirits in Hong Kong, leprechauns in Ireland, and find an evolution-based reference to “primitive species” living in Australia. Despite these concerns and others like them, we think you will find this to be a lovely book to read with your child, so long as you are prepared to discuss each issue, or perhaps skip a few pages if you prefer.
Author: Miroslav Sasek
My son really loved this book, I was a bit dissapointed that it was so short, and I wished it had a bit more variety when it comes to the locations....
Fun, fun. Kids loved the pictures.
She loved this book! I think it gave us the traveling itch. It has fun facts about each place, so if we do visit any of these places, we can refer back to what the book says.
This is a neat book in that it does show quite a bit of the major cities and countries but some of the sections left a lot to be desired, information wise. We were fortunate enough to live in Europe for awhile so it was disheartening to see pages dedicated to the subway in Paris but nothing on the Eiffel Tower twinkling at night or a lot of other fun facts about different places. It's a nice book with fun illustrations but it could be more.
Looks real old. Not very cool. Boring pictures.