City I Love

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Snazzy illustrations enhance the city-centric poetry.





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What's the story?

A dog, backpacking around the world, stops in several cities, making poetic observations along the way. He appears in cities on every continent to observe and share his thoughts with the reader. The poems are gathered from Hopkins's body of work across almost four decades, but are truly timeless. With grown-up help, kids will able to identify world-famous cities by the inclusion of their landmarks, like the Eiffel Tower and the Washington Monument.

Is it any good?


A beautiful book both in pictures and in tone, CITY I LOVE is a terrific way to help kids explore urban destinations around the world as well as giving them new ways to see their own hometowns. Each poem is an easy and melodic read-aloud (you won't find any cheap rhyming schemes here) and the ink and watercolor illustrations are stylized and gorgeous.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different cities featured here. Which ones do you most want to visit, and why? They can also identify the cities the dog visits using the handy map on the inside of the cover to help. An atlas can make it easier to learn more about the dog's destinations.

Book details

Author:Lee Bennett Hopkins
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:April 1, 2009
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Read aloud:4
Read alone:8

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