This Is London by Miroslav Sasek, 2008 edition.


Written and illustrated by Miroslav Sasek. 2008, Universe Publishing, a division of Rizzoli International Publications. With permission from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Artist Miroslav Sasek (1916 - 1980) moved from Prague to Munich after the Communist take-over of Czechoslovakia in 1944. While trained as an architect he worked as a painter and illustrator.

In 1959, Sasek embarked on a series of travel books for children, beginning with This Is Paris, followed the same year by This Is London. He cleverly begins the tour with a grayish-brown page to give a sense of London fog. We then walk the streets of London and learn the difference between London and the City of London, ride the Underground, meet a policeman, and visit Parliament, Westminster, The London Zoo, and the British Museum, and stop for tea.

In all, he wrote and illustrated 19 "This Is" travel books, from Paris and London to Greece, Texas, San Francisco, Australia, and Hong Kong to Cape Canaveral and the United Nations.
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Condition: Very Good/Very Good. The dust jacket shows shelf wear along the top.

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