Author: Tim Halbur & Chris Steins
Illustrator: David Ryan
Publisher: Planetizen Press
While Hugo plays in a city park, he looks up at the skyscrapers and wonders how they got there. His mom then takes him on a trip through the city, into the suburbs, then the country, and finally the wilderness, explaining each as they go. How does she know all this information? She’s an urban planner.
Written in rhyming verse, this book explores the role of an urban planner in building cities, and determining which buildings go where. The illustrations by David Ryan show the details of each place they visit.
Many books have been written that explain some of the more popular professions, but nothing shows the role of a city planner. Where Things Are From Near to Far plugs that gaping hole in a fun way, and kids will enjoy reading this book. It’s also nice to see that it’s mom, not dad, who has this interesting job.
Reviewer: Alice Berger