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PEOPLE, PEOPLE, EVERYWHERE! by Nancy van Laan

PEOPLE, PEOPLE, EVERYWHERE!

By Nancy van Laan (Author) , Nadine Bernard Westcott (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-679-81063-3
Publisher: Knopf

 Frenetic verse sums up a city's activity: ``People racing round the town,/Going up!/Going down!''--running for the bus, dashing to walk the dog, crowding around vendors, building ever- taller buildings, working, parading, even tangling clotheslines that run between buildings. In an ironic conclusion, one family moves to the country (``No more traffic, no more noise,/Lots of space...'') only to be followed--it's ``A perfect place to build a town.'' The book ends with a modicum of hope--citizens of the new town are doing environmentally useful things like planting trees, shopping by bike, and recycling. In Westcott's cheerful full-bleed art, the city is attractive, though crowded and fast- paced, while the lush green countryside's rapid development is deftly summed up in a few spreads. Point made, gently but effectively. (Picture book. 3-8)