A wordbook guide to the great cities of the world. The bold and colorful illustrations in this wordbook primer introduce young children to thirty-two of the world’s major metropolises. Iconic buildings, local delicacies, favorite pastimes, natural wonders and landmarks from each city are featured, all labeled with simple descriptive words. New York’s Empire State Building, Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, Athens’s Parthenon, Cairo’s Sphinx, Bangkok’s pad thai — the distinct features of these fascinating places are all brought to brilliant life here for the littlest of adventurers! Young armchair travelers will want to climb aboard for this around-the-world-journey — from San Francisco to Stockholm to Sydney — without ever getting on a plane!
In a cursory visual overview of 34 cities across six continents, a patchwork assemblage of brightly colored rectangles house monuments, foods, and geographical features specific to each location, a format Tardif used in 2015's Sport-o-Rama. Working in a na ve, posterlike style, Tardif populates the pages with dot-eyed cartoon figures, objects, and buildings defined by loose, black lines. London highlights include Big Ben, fish and chips, and a "typical rainy day," while the Istanbul spread makes room for the Bosphorus Bridge, Galata Tower, and Turkish delight. The text is limited to image captions and brief mentions of the local population and language, so outside research is required if readers want to learn more about the buildings and objects presented; maps on the endpapers help place the cities in a larger global context. Ages 4 8.