The original great cities series as imagined by Miroslav Sasek begins with This is Paris.
First published in 1959 we take a tour around Paris from a young child's point of view.
Miroslav Sasek was born in 1916 in Prague, but a holiday in Paris gave him the idea to write a travelling book for children.
Over the next 20 years, he produced 18 books in his city series, including one dedicated to travelling to the moon!
Sasek's illustrations would now be described as retro. Though they are over 50 years old, the illustrations still retain their freshness, originality and sense of fun.
The original text was not so fortunate.
Paris has changed since 1958.
In 2004, This is Paris was reissued, printed on lovely creamy paper with an "updated facts at the end of book" tag.
Sasek introduces us to the local cats, the residents and their jobs, the famous sights (of course) as well as lots of little details & curiosities.
He provides a little history along the way but just enough to whet your appetite.
It's hard not to love this book. It's full of the charm and romance expected of Paris.
This is Paris was written and illustrated by someone in love with Paris, for those of us who love Paris as well.