Very little can match the pleasure of first discovering that, with the right book, you can journey around the world from the comfort of your favorite armchair.
Czech author and illustrator Miroslav Sasek’s beloved series of children’s travel books will easily evoke rambling urges in readers young and old alike, and stir up pleasant nostalgia in those experienced enough to have traveled to the places portrayed in Sasek’s fun, vibrant illustrations—not to mention those who might remember these books’ original publication in the late '50s and early '60s.
Now being re-released for a new generation to enjoy, the new editions of volumes such as This Is Britain and This Is Israel contain a few factual updates in the back to make up for the forty-plus years since Sasek composed the text of his playful, engaging tours, but the spirit of discovery and the books’ sly humor remain timeless. We easily lost ourselves in the colorful world of This Is Rome, finding the book, like the city it celebrates, to be eternal.
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