I love big picture books. I love wonderful illustrations. I love having tons of reading material for my grandchildren. I want them to remember me for the stories I told them and the books they read at my house.
I just discovered the This is series, by Miroslav Sasek, which was first printed in the 50s and 60s. M. Sasek, as he signed himself, was a Czechoslovakian artist, illustrator and writer. He escaped from Prague and settled in Munich in 1948 when the Communist Party came to power. He was trained as an architect. Later Sasek worked for Radio Free Europe before he wrote his first children's book, This is Paris. His This is series can be described as travelogues for children.
My first purchase this past weekend was so delightful that I immediately ordered 3 more in the series from Amazon.