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This is London (This Is . . .) (Artists Monographs) Hardcover – 25 Jun 2004
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."..no photographs but wonderful, engaging drawings of life in London. It is amazing how a children's book can open up a whole world... how much the...kids learned from this book. This book made them excited about London...and motivated them to experience it.." "Outlook by the Bay"
..".no photographs but wonderful, engaging drawings of life in London. It is amazing how a children's book can open up a whole world... how much the...kids learned from this book. This book made them excited about London...and motivated them to experience it.." "Outlook by the Bay"
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M. Sasek was born in 1916 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. An author and illustrator, he is best remembered for his classic stories on the great cities of the world. He died in 1980.
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Sasek's art and wit are truly original and unique. He manages to take the reader on a journey through both the landmarks of his subject and the everday minutiae that makes up a country and its culture. Each book is a remarkable achievement.
It must be remembered that the chief driver for Sasek's success was the explosion of foreign travel for leisure during the 50s and 60s.
Do his books stand the test of time? Well, to be truthful the answer is no if you want up to date facts and figures. However, I cannot see how his quirky, funny pictures coupled with his subtle wit would not continue to amuse and educate children of all ages for generations to come.
The book itself is gorgeous, and the particular view of London it presents is all the better for coming from the eye and pen of Czech illustrator Miroslav Sasek. The illustrations have a timeless feel and the short informative bursts of text are full of little nuggets of information (the updates at the back of the book are of particular interest more than half a century on from the initial publication). There are stereotypical scenes and characters but they are presented affectionately rather than patronisingly and the whole thing helps stir up a feeling of pride for a great city - at the same time making the reader feel nostalgic for a past that they may not have even witnessed.
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Fantastic series of books and reminds me of my childhood. They have the quirk of an update at the back of the book.
I have Paris too.
This is such a good find. The images are so beautiful and it is such a high quality book. It is a little too old for my 2 year old, but she loves looking at the pictures. Read morePublished 7 months ago by clair B
Again, cheapest place to purchase these books. Drawings are so lovely, my children have enjoyed learning about Edinburgh and London. Quick post, arrived safely.Published 7 months ago by Anon
I like it, but it is not as good for a 5 year old I'm afraid.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer