The 10 animal tykes introduced in Littleland (2013) dance and play their way around the globe.
The itinerary begins in London, ends in New York’s Central Park and in between stops in a more or less geographically logical mix of cities and generalized locales. These range from Venice to the pyramids, Tokyo to the Australian Outback. Happily, Africa is represented by both Egypt and Kenya, which is specified as “a country in Eastern Africa,” although the tour is heavily Eurocentric. Endpaper maps track the journey, each stop is identified in the accompanying comment, and the Richard Scarry–style cartoon scenes include recognizable landmarks or other location markers. Running beneath every spread are nine labeled items for viewers to spot—combining generic bicycles or sunglasses with site-specific national flags, animals, foods, musical instruments and the like. Ethnic stereotyping is, at worst, mild; in China, for instance, only one figure is not dressed in a festival robe, and in Italy, “people often eat pizza for lunch.” As the characters are all animals, ethnic markers tend to be sartorial.
A good way for tourists who are still toddlers to glimpse the wide world without leaving a parental lap. (Picture book. 2-4)