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This Is the World: A Global Treasury

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INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards -- 2014 Finalist

A compilation of abridged versions of M. Sasek’s most popular children’s travel books. From London to Hong Kong, Sydney to San Francisco, readers will delight in this charming journey through the world’s great cities. With deft strokes of his paintbrush and a witty voice to match, master illustrator and storyteller M. Sasek
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Hardcover, 234 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Universe (first published September 2nd 2014)
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Kaethe
My brother owned a copy of This is London as a child (perhaps he still does). Along with his copy of Anatole, these were highly coveted objects. In the London book there is a picture of a man, in a park, up a tree, and he's sawing off a tree branch: the one that he's sitting on!

How quaint that seems now. I'd love to have all the original books, or reprints of same, in theory. I'm worried that the judicious choice of snippets for this book might have some possible basis in the idea of excising im
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Roberta
Feb 04, 2015 Roberta rated it it was amazing
If you don't have the time or the money to travel, take a whirlwind trip around the world with Miroslav Sasek. You will travel from New York to Ireland to Britain to London to Edinburgh (how ironic for me having just finished "44 Scotland Street") to Paris to Rome to Venice to Munich to Greece to Israel to Hong Kong to Australia to San Francisco to Texas to Washington, DC. This edition is an abridged compilation of his most popular works from the "This is" series, reprinted by Universe ...more
Nancy
Jul 30, 2015 Nancy rated it liked it
I love Sasek's art; his approach to color, lines and the space between things is consistently exquisite. So it is wonderful to have his books together here. But it would have been even better to have them appear in the order they were created, so one could enjoy how his work changed over time.

This feels as if the intended audience was for a child (because of the complete lack of text about the making of the original books -- why are some so short?, and the oddly brief list of facts about how th
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Alice
Feb 05, 2016 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
This 223 page book is a treasure! I didn't take a super long time to read either! I loved the journey it took me on. And it just astounds me that most of these countries/city book were written in the last 1950's to the early 1970's and not a whole lot of information is outdated. What is antiquated is found in the back! I have been To Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, Greece, Ireland, Scotland, Edinburgh, Washington DC. San Fransisco, New York, Paris, Munich, and and even Israel today! IT has sparked ...more
Lindsey
Mar 25, 2015 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
This is a great book for those of us affected with wanderlust; I ordered it from Amazon and was amazed at how huge it is. We enjoyed reading about different cities and countries and talking about places we'd like to visit someday. This is a compilation of many of Sasek's books (shortened) written in the 50s; the paintings have a fun, retro look to them, but some of the information is outdated (although corrected with asterisks). Now I'd like to read all the full versions; I wish our library had ...more
Samantha
Sep 18, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing
A travel book for kids compiled from previously published books by Sasek that appear in abridged forms here. Individual cities are covered alongside countries and even continents.

The information ranges from fun facts to helpful ways of categorizing the size of each place. The writing is good and the retro artwork is beautiful and realistic.

This big book is such a great gift for PreK-5+.
Keke
May 17, 2016 Keke rated it it was amazing
This is such a great idea for a children's book. Even as an adult there were some facts about these different cities I didn't know.

Topped off with really creative art and you have a shinning example of a kid's book.
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this made me want to travel the world!
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Miroslav Sasek (1916-1980) is an author and illustrator from Czechoslovakia. He is best known for a series of books for children titled This Is...
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