My 7 year old has been super interested in learning more about different parts of the world lately – I think she has been quite inspired by seeing the flags and hearing about so many different countries when we’ve been watching the Paralympics and Olympics. In any case, when my friend Barbie from Living Arts Canberra posted on Instagram about Seasons in the City by Megan McKean I had a feeling it would be a hit and ordered it right away. (You can listen to Barbie and Megan chat about the book on the Living Arts Canberra website here).
This beautiful picture book is split into the four season, and six cities are presented for each season, so we get to visit 24 different places. Each city gets a double page spread of mostly illustration with a bit of text describing what some of the special things about that city during that season, including the weather, festivals and celebrations, and how people spend their time during the season. I love that such a variety of cities are shown, and my daughter was thrilled to see that Cairo and Copenhagen are both included.
The illustrations are really gorgeous, with bright, bold colours, and so many lovely details – they are the kind of illustrations I think you could look at over and over, and still find new things to love.
I can see this one being a firm favourite here for sometime to come – just what we need to help tide us over until we can actually visit some of these wonderful places for real again!
Seasons in the City by Megan McKean
Out now from Lothian Children’s Books
Source: I bought this one after a friend posted about it on Instagram
Format: Hardcover picture book