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This is San Francisco [A Children's Classic] Hardcover – May 30, 2003

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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

M. Sasek was born in 1916 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. An author and illustrator, he is best remembered for his classic stories on the great cities of the world. He died in 1980.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing; 1st Edition (later printing) edition (May 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789309629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789309624
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 12.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Farfan on October 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have the original of this book, from 1950, and grew up loving it. I have been reading that stained, dog-eared old book to my 5-year old daughter and she just loves it! Soooooo, I thought I would re-order this so-called "re-issue" of the book, and looked forward to its arrival.

Today I received the "reprint", and much to my disgust, over 1/3 of the stories are omitted, including "Mutiny" (on of the best in the book!!) "Three Little Paddles" "Marooned" "Sailor's Hornpipe" "The Big Fish" "Sailor Yarn" "The Wicked, Wicked Pirate" (one of the best!! in the original) "Discovery" "Becalmed" "What Will You Be Billy Boy?" "Sea Shanty" "Seventeen Nephews" and "The Very Small Sailor"

No doubt some of these great stories have been censored because some shmuck of an editor judged them not politically correct enough (though I find not one of them offensive in any way), but others seem to have been expunged for absolutely no apparent reason! Now, I regret buying this phoney censored copy! It leaves out so many great stories and terrific artwork. It's not half as good as the original. And I suppose that since most people no longer have the original they have nothing to compare it to! Well I do!
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I was first given this book as a child by my mother. I love it just as much now as I did back then. Sasek does San Francisco absolute justice with the way he captured the city with his beautiful retro artwork and commentary about each area. If you're from San Francisco you know exactly what he's talking about and get such a wonderful, familiar feeling when looking at the book. If you're not from San Francisco, this book will give you a very accurate taste of our charming city.
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By DandelionSF on November 14, 2003
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I read this book to my class of third graders today, and they got a kick out of it. The illustrations are very cool and "retro," and it's fun to update the kids as to how the city has changed over the years. I found the text to be a bit stilted, but other than that, it's great, and definitely worth having in one's library.
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My father read this book to me from the time I was 2 or 3 years old. There was a story I loved about a sailor with 17 nephews and a niece. He brought his niece a pug dog all the way from China. That story was not in this edition and I'm wondering why. Other than that, my favorite story not in the collection, I'm still very glad to have it. The illustrations bring up powerful childhood memories and I love it.
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We love this classic! Its an outstanding book that has lovely "retro" feeling illustrations of all the major attractions in San Francisco. The author does a wonderful job depicting San Francisco scenes and capturing the feel of the city. There are lots of people & places to explore, and the details are fantastic.

We didn't have any problems with the print quailty of our copy-- looks fantastic!
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This is a favorite of my family and myself. I have purchased a copy for my niece and my son to go along with the copy my parents still have from my youth. every home needs one! Having grown up in SF this remains a special reminder of the history of the place and the illustrations are marvelous. I don't know if individual prints from Sasek are available, but I'd love to get some framed from this book.

If you've ever wanted a quick taste of a place, This is San Francisco is a great primer for any child.
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My child had this book, and now I make it a habit to give to my friend's children as a present. This will make you nostalgic if you've been to the City, but will be just as fun to look at and read if you haven't been there.
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got the book and the pages were all VERY yellowed. very disappointed. otherwise it's a great book, and i would return it except it's a gift that i need to give soon, and don't have time for the return. but definitely should not have been sold as is. i mean, it's REALLY yellow. kinda shameful.
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