Imagine a City* by Elise Hurst is a delightful picture book filled with gorgeous illustrations and simple story about the power of imagination.
The story follows three characters, perhaps a mother and her two kids, as she invites them to imagine a train that will take them on a journey.
The illustration of the train features exotic elements, a wonderful landscape, and peculiar details from the start. For example an elegant rabbit reading the newspaper adjacent to a pot of tea and a vase with tulips.
The text is succinct but the illustrations are stunning. The drawings are infused with excitement and energy. Elise Hurst invites the reader to take a closer look at each to notice all the elements of wonder as the character travel through different worlds, which seem realistic at first but at second and third glance have delightful elements of fantasy throughout. Together they also travel through different times, past, present and future.
Imagine a City culminates with the powerful line, “Imagine it all in the palm of your hand.”
Imagine a City is a wonderful picture book for readers ages 4-7. The illustrations will engage older readers as they provide many opportunities for discussion and asking questions.
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*I received a complimentary copy of Imagine a City in exchange for my honest review.