Here's a flat-out classic. In 1962, Czech author-illustrator Miroslav Sasek created This Is San Francisco
, another installment of his series of children's travel guides (This Is Paris
, This Is London
, This Is New York
). With his usual distinctive and charming style, Sasek tours the sights around the City by the Bay, including Lombard Street, the cable cars, Fishermen's Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, and Chinatown. This 2003 reissue edition also includes a number of annotations about how certain locales have changed since the book was published. There's a good chance that anyone who grew up in or near San Francisco will remember this book fondly. Everyone else has a joyous discovery ahead. --David Horiuchi
About the Author
was one of the most respected illustrators of the 1960s and 1970s.