I Love My City

Pajama Pr. Mar. 2023. 56p. Tr $21.95. ISBN 9781772782738.
Gr 3-6–This comprehensive and invitingly designed book beckons readers to explore the phenomenon of the modern city in a wide range of societies throughout the world. Readers can examine cities through a variety of lenses, including architecture, engineering, technology, government, demographics, and culture. Desmarais and Adam proffer a wealth of information, from details of urban planning to public utilities such as water supply systems and energy grids. On each page, comprehensively detailed digital illustrations bring the topics to life, moving seamlessly between colorful spreads and overhead diagrams. The design of the text enhances the presentation, with paragraphs thoughtfully laid out on brick walls, lakes, and clouds of smoke. As explained in the introduction and conclusion, the creators seek to foster an understanding of cities (home to half of the world’s population) as a vital element of the global community—a worthy goal for young citizens everywhere.
VERDICT An excellent addition to nonfiction collections.

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