Cities of the World by Josie Portillo

Cities of the World by Josie Portillo. Little Tiger Press, 2021. 978944530358

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Board book

What did you like about the book? A great book of some very popular global destinations. From Tokyo, New York and even Dubai. The readers get two page layouts of each location. The pages also include facts like population size, weather, national dress, and local wildlife. Along with this general information, each page has unique additional facts spread out on the pages, for example, Dubai has many yachts, fast cars, and camels! The book has a diversity of characters and even a great representation of the different destinations under different weather conditions. The pictures are vibrant. Although there’s diversity in the type of people, the skin tones are not accurate, i.e. the Asian people of Tokyo are pictured with very white skin. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? Yes, possibly creating characters on the pages that match the racial diversity of the places we visit in the book. 

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is perfect for the young traveler looking to learn more about global cities. It is filled with very exciting locations that would make a great starting point for further exploration. This is ideal for children 5 and older. 

Who should buy this book? Elementary schools

Where would you shelve it ? Board books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No 

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA 

Date of review: November 12, 2021

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