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. Volume XXIII Number 1. . . .September 9, 2016
Featuring 34 large cities around the globe, this wordbook primer introduces young children to the architecture, landmarks, pastimes and popular foods which make each city unique. The book’s endpapers show a large map of the world indicating the locations of the cities. A double-page spread is devoted to each metropolis, with the country, language and population listed in small letters beneath the city’s name. Twelve or more simple cartoon-like drawings, appealing to a juvenile audience, highlight the things that children might see and do if they were to visit. For example, the entry for Montreal includes drawings of Notre-Dame Basilica, the Clock Tower, La Ronde amusement park, the Palais des Congrès (convention centre), Olympic Stadium, typical Montreal houses, a star hockey player, a Montreal-style bagel, a smoked meat sandwich and a “talented musician”. One wonders why the artist would waste valuable “real estate” with a drawing of a talented musician. Why draw a donut shop in Toronto or a rock star in San Francisco? And why is someone dressed in a plaid lumberjack shirt instead of swimming on Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver?
Recommended with Reservations.
Gail Hamilton is a former teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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