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In the Park: An Excursion in Four Languages

Macmillan, 1968 (out of print)

Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats and written by Esther Hautzig, In the Park is an inviting and innovative children’s book. On a beautiful, sunny day, families go to the park—in New York, Paris, Madrid and Moscow. The names of things they see, from bicycles to zoo animals, are given in English, French, Spanish and Russian. But the book is more than a vocabulary-builder. Ezra’s lively and colorful illustrations show a multicultural world shared by happy, active families. A similar book written today might have different cities, but the same question remains: If families can treat others with grace, perhaps nations can too?

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