I'm a slave to Miroslav Sasek's 'This is...' series. Just one look at the divine retro covers is enough to suck you in, and once you're in there, well - heaven.
Fun, factual and fascinating, the series takes kids on a global trot - and best of all, provides them a means to revisit sites or reminisce over actual travels. In fact, these books inspired me to make 'Riley and the Sleeping Dragon' into a series. Riley first travelled to Beijing and next will be Hong Kong then somewhere in Australia (can you guess where?).
We're collecting Sasek's gorgeous hardcover books in our house and so far, we have these:
We've only got a dozen or more to collect. Slowly does it. A bit like travel. If you do too much at once, you spoil it. Sometimes it's nice to take lovely little nibbles.
Wonderful news - This is Greece was launched on 20 February 2009 (first published 1969).
In September 2009, This is Australia and This is Cape Kennedy (first launched as This is Cape Canaveral) will be relaunched. I'm SO there, Jackie O!
If you want to start your own collection, click on the books above, and check back soon for individual book reviews.
You can also learn more about Sasek by clicking here