Like the other Sasek classics, this is a facsimile edition of the original book.
The brilliant, vibrant illustrations have been meticulously preserved, remaining true to his vision more than 40 years later.
Facts have been updated for the 21st-century, appearing on a "This is . . . Today" page at the back of the book. These charming illustrations, coupled with Sasek's witty, playful narrative, make for a perfect souvenir that will delight both children and their parents, many of whom will remember the series from their own childhoods.
This is Rome, first published in 1960, traces the history of Roman civilization to bring to life the Rome of the 60's.
Sasek navigates Rome's busy, winding streets to visit such glorious historical landmarks as the statues of Michelangelo, Vatican City, the Pantheon, and the Fontana di Trevi-and to show us the eccentricities of modern Roman life, from its colorful trains, trams, and taxis to its chic espresso bars and pasta houses.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 64 pages, 60 colour illustrations
- Publisher: Universe Publishing
- Publication Date: 13/02/2007
- Category: Picture books
- ISBN: 9780789315496
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Review by JGolomb
"Once the capital of the Roman Empire, now the capital of Italy and the center of Catholic Christendom, Rome is the "eternal city" - where the old world and the new stand side by side."Miroslav Sasek's "This is Rome" is a beautiful picture book that will give readers of all ages a look at the wonders of this amazing city. Starting right from the beginning with the two baby brothers, Romulus and Remus, brought up by a motherly she-wolf on the Palantine Hill, Sasek's crisp descriptions blend seemlessly with his subdued watercolors to bring Rome, with it's ancient wonders, to life.The watercolor style and some of the depictions of the "modern" Rome will appear dated to an adult eye, but the images of the city's landmarks remain true. Sasek's tour ranges from the Forum, to the Pantheon, to the Vatican and everything in between. If you're planning a trip to Italy, this is a perfect introduction for any pre-schooler. The drawings will help connect young children to the sites they may see.