A World of Cities
text by Lily Murray
illustrated by James Brown
Candlewick Studio, 2018
Those kids in your life, your schoolroom, your library who are Fact Hunters? They collect facts to savor, share with others, and build their knowledge of the world around them. This is a book for them.
Not every child can travel to the major cities of the world, but this book will leave an impression, a yearning for exploration.
It’s a Very Big Book, a folio, 10.9″ wide by 14.5″ high. We don’t often include a book’s measurements in a recommendation, but the size of this book makes it fun to open and read, inviting readers to become wrapped up in the book. Open this to any page and more than one child can enjoy discovering the facts about each city.
The illustrations are striking, memorable, inviting deep examination. Aren’t the colors gorgeous?
Facts are wound through the illustrations in a way that will have the reader turning the page this way and that, seeking out each detail. In Rio de Janeiro, we learn that the pictured statue of Christ the Redeemer was completed in 1931. “The statue is made of concrete and covered in thousands of small stone tiles. All the materials had to be carried up Corcovado Mountain by railway.” Corcovado Mountain is 2300 feet above sea level. That sparks imagination!
There are population figures, flag facts, holidays, quotes from famous citizens, and history, everything that will whet the desire to learn even more.
“Between 1808 and 1821, Rio housed the Portuguese royal family. In 1815, the city was declared the capital of the Portuguese Empire.” I didn’t know that. Did you?
Visiting Paris, we learn that “more than 800 years old, the windows of Notre Dame Cathedral contain 50,000 glass pieces” and “Paris’s oldest café, Café Procope, opened in 1686.” Victor Hugo is quoted as saying “There is no limit to Paris.” Find a photo of Notre Dame Cathedral online. Who is Victor Hugo? This book will launch a scavenger hunt for more information.
Geography buffs? Fact Hunters? Budding artists? There are many reasons to add this book to your shelves. Highly recommended.