Today’s books is not in translation; however, it does teach our children about the world hence why it’s on our list. We came across this one on a thread started by Rob Smith about beautiful non-fiction for kids. Introducing World of Cities by James Brown (Walker Studio).
Dominic: It is interesting because it shows you different landmarks in cities around the world and it tells you lots of facts about them. The book is nice and colourful. The writing is in different shapes, for example, in the moon, on the bus, on Big Ben. The writing on each page is different. Each page tells you how many people live in each city. Shang Hai in China is the biggest with around 24 million people.
The large-scale front cover impresses right from the start. Bold and striking, it leaps at you from the shelf. Each double spread turns 90 degrees to display stunning artwork. Each individual image could easily be used as a poster. The book covers 30 cities from around the world, including places like Sydney, Dubai, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Cape Town. As Dominic mentions above, facts are cleverly woven into each page: along the edges of the page border, under bridges, on boats, along a surf board. Dominic loves non-fiction and he has spent hours poring over this book, turning his head this way and that to read all the finer details and then sharing what he has learnt with us. This is a really special book!
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