These are facsimile editions of M. Sasek's original books, with the vibrant illustrations having been preserved and thus, remaining true to his vision. Where applicable, facts have been updated and appear on a "This is...Today" page at the back of each book. The charming illustrations, coupled with Sasek’s witty, playful narrative, make for perfect souvenirs that will delight both children and their parents. This is Israel , first published in 1962, visits the Promised Land, a sun-drenched panorama of many hues and traditions. From the Sea of Galilee to the Red Sea (it's really blue); from modern Tel Aviv to Jerusalem new and old; from Mt. Zion to King Solomon’s mines; Sasek presents the biblical glory of its past and the golden hope of its future. Author and illustrator M. Sasek (1916–1980) was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is best remembered for his classic stories of the great cities of the world.