A while back we reviewed some Lonely Planet Kids books and they were wonderful books that drew H into their world for hours on end. Sometimes he was a spy (How to be an International Spy) and other times he was a ruler of his very own country (You Rule!).
This time we have been trying out books with a cities theme. How Cities Work covers issues like how cities grow from small villages into large cities. I love the way the book educates about urban geography whilst keeping learning fun. There are flaps to pull out and explore and lots of detail hidden in the lovely illustrations. I do feel the need to mention some of the American language that is used like ‘City Hall’ and ‘City Attorney’s Office. The illustrations take a mixed approach: there’s a New York yellow taxi and US style fire hydrant, but some of the vehicles are driving on the left hand side of the road and there’s a London bus. I think this could be read to any primary school aged children, either together for younger readers or solo for those who are more confident.
We also read The Cities Book which is a more densely informative volume. This is a book that features individual cities with a range of pictures and information. Some cities have a double spread like Dakar, Munich and Hong Kong, whilst others have 4 pages like Beijing, Moscow and Venice. There’s information about landmarks, culture and history. It’s really more a book for dipping in and out of than reading from cover to cover I think. In total it covers 86 cities, but it only covers London and Edinburgh in the UK, so this is a book to learn about the wider world rather than fairly close to home.