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Originally published in 1970 This is Australia is a very retro look at Australia. The book walks you through each of the capital cities looking at the icons that have come to represent Australia, both natural and constructed. It's fun to see what Australia looked like 'all those years ago' and how Australia was 'seen'. Many things have changed since this book was first published but it's a charming retrospective and kids will be fascinated pouring over the detailed illustrations and facts about Australia.
Like the other Sasek classics, these are facsimile editions of his original books. The brilliant, vibrant illustrations have been meticulously preserved, remaining true to his vision more than forty years later and, where applicable, facts have been updated for the twenty-first century, appearing on a "This is . . . Today" page at the back of each book. The stylish, charming illustrations, coupled with Sasek’s witty, playful narrative, make these books a perfect souvenir that will delight both children and their parents, many of whom will remember them from their own childhood. In This is Australia, first published in 1970, Sasek swings down under, winging his readers into Sydney, with its famous bridge and space-age Opera House; bustling, modern Melbourne; colonial Adelaide; semitropical Brisbane; the garden city of Canberra; mineral-rich Perth; and Alice Springs, Australia’s most famous outback town.