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This Is Picture Books

These classic titles by Sasek are facsimile editions of his original books. The vibrant illustrations have been preserved, remaining true to his vision, and where applicable, facts have been updated, appearing on a "This is...Today" page at the back of each book. The charming illustrations, coupled with Sasek’s witty, playful narrative, make for perfect souvenirs that will delight both children and their parents, many of whom remember the titles from their own childhood.
Author and illustrator M. Sasek (1916–1980) was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is best remembered for his classic stories on the great cities of the world. He worked as a painter and illustrator for most of his life. Starting with This is Paris published in 1958, the books he wrote painted a delightful and evocative picture of some of the world's great cities (and countries!).
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