• Illustrated By: Suharu Ogawa
  • Pages:96
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:sustainable cities, urban design, accessibility, equality, sustainable transportation
  • Pub Date:05/16/2023
  • Lexile:1100L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:U
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If you could design a city that would be both a great place to live and good for the planet, what would it look like?

Today, about four billion people—more than half the world’s population—live in cities. This number could rise to seven billion by 2050. Cities face big challenges, including threats from climate change, food insecurity, a lack of clean water and rapid population growth, but they are also places where innovation and sustainability can thrive.

Cities: How Humans Live Together travels through time to explore questions like When and why did cities form? How did people access food and water? Where did they go to the bathroom? Peek into the past to see how cities have changed through time and explore what could make cities more sustainable and welcoming for today and tomorrow.

“Truly impressive…An engaging presentation of information that might otherwise be seen as technical and mundane. Recommended.”
– School Library Connection
“Fascinating…Ebullient...A thought-provoking guide to the past, present, and future of cities.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Full of engaging facts...A colorful combination of photographs, cartoon illustrations, and infographics provides plenty of visuals in this appealing look at human history.”
– Booklist
“‘Must-have’ for middle grade readers…An engaging format with an information-packed text...By encouraging critical thinking about the development of sustainable, safe, equitable cities around the world, Cities challenges today’s students to learn from the past and prepare for the future. Highly Recommended.”

– CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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