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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing (15 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789309629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789309624
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1.4 x 32 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A pictorial tour of the city by the Golden Gate, presenting drawings of its hills, cable cars, harbor, bridges, market areas, and flower stalls.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Colin McCartney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
"This is San Francisco" is not a guide book - it's a classic factual kid's book (first published 1962 - so no TransAmerica Pyramid).

It has a feel and layout similar to Babar Comes to America (Babar (Harry N. Abrams)). As such it is as much a work of art as anything else. Indeed you could frame the pages and hang them on your wall.

If you've ever been to San Fran, or just watched Bullitt (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1968], you'll feel you've visited every one of the locations on the book's 60 pages. From the spaced-out vibes of the Presidio, to the ducks hanging in a Chinatown shop window, to Fisherman's Wharf - you can practically smell the place.

Captures the vibe - and this one is about the vibes.
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By freevan on 26 Feb 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A good book to teach children beautiful cities.
Beautiful illustrations that characterize well the lifestyle of each city and reflect a lifestyle.
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By n on 6 Oct 2011
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A wonderful book! For Children or Adults- Personally I love the illustrations, and what better way to remember where you have been.....Toss aside the travel guides once they've been used... For wistful nostalgia, look no further.
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Pirates, Ships and Sailors 10 Oct 2007
By M. Farfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have the original of this book, from 1950, and grew up loving it. I have been reading that stained, dog-eared old book to my 5-year old daughter and she just loves it! Soooooo, I thought I would re-order this so-called "re-issue" of the book, and looked forward to its arrival.

Today I received the "reprint", and much to my disgust, over 1/3 of the stories are omitted, including "Mutiny" (on of the best in the book!!) "Three Little Paddles" "Marooned" "Sailor's Hornpipe" "The Big Fish" "Sailor Yarn" "The Wicked, Wicked Pirate" (one of the best!! in the original) "Discovery" "Becalmed" "What Will You Be Billy Boy?" "Sea Shanty" "Seventeen Nephews" and "The Very Small Sailor"

No doubt some of these great stories have been censored because some shmuck of an editor judged them not politically correct enough (though I find not one of them offensive in any way), but others seem to have been expunged for absolutely no apparent reason! Now, I regret buying this phoney censored copy! It leaves out so many great stories and terrific artwork. It's not half as good as the original. And I suppose that since most people no longer have the original they have nothing to compare it to! Well I do!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Two thumbs up! 21 Feb 2007
By Hannah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was first given this book as a child by my mother. I love it just as much now as I did back then. Sasek does San Francisco absolute justice with the way he captured the city with his beautiful retro artwork and commentary about each area. If you're from San Francisco you know exactly what he's talking about and get such a wonderful, familiar feeling when looking at the book. If you're not from San Francisco, this book will give you a very accurate taste of our charming city.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Charming 15 Nov 2003
By DandelionSF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to my class of third graders today, and they got a kick out of it. The illustrations are very cool and "retro," and it's fun to update the kids as to how the city has changed over the years. I found the text to be a bit stilted, but other than that, it's great, and definitely worth having in one's library.
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This is San Francisco 22 Feb 2009
By Antonia Sousa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a preschool teacher in San Francisco, This is San Francisco had my students so excited that they couldn't stop relating to the story. It took me three days to finish the book since the children wanted to relay their experiences visiting the various sights. A few places no longer exist, but it is still a great book to use as a historical reference. And if you are planning to visit San Francisco, I would take a minute to skim through this book as it has all the places you would want to explore within its pages. By the way, the illustrations are absolutely charming.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A childhood favorite revisited 1 July 2006
By Kristen K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Fantastic pictures!

Great stories and poems!

My brother had this book when I was growing up (I was born in '68, himself in '64). I was carried away by the pictures and for so many years recalled the feeling they left with me...some bright and cheery, some dark and a bit ominous. It filled my imagination with tales of pirates, mermaids, ships and sailors. I found my brothers old copy about ten years back and couldn't find a new copy to get him (or an old copy). I am glad to have found this book available again. I bought it for his daughter...

...His kid sister sure had many an enjoyable afternoon imaging herself on a ship on a distant sea and I'm sure she will too!
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