Anno depicts a lone traveler riding on horseback first through the Italian countryside, then the many marvelous cities of Italy, and then, going full circle, the lush countryside once more. As readers' eyes feast upon the detailed, watercolor images, they will see such things as Marilyn Monroe, The Last Supper, Rapunzel, and the Trevi Fountain, and the book becomes an interactive experience. Not only can the audience search for the lone traveler, but they can also try to locate as many recognizable figures as they possibly can.About the Author: Mitsumasa Anno, winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for his lasting contribution to children's literature, is a lover of travel and culture. Anno's books, through their unique perspective and mischievous sense of humor, have opened to children across the world, cultures and lands distant from their own. Without words Anno conveys the beauty, humanity, and value of all people in all times and places. As he notes, "There are differences in people, different styles of housing, social differences, different cultures all over the world. But perhaps what lies at the bottom of the heart of each human being is the same, an inherent value."Born in Tsuwano, in Western Japan, Mr. Anno studied both art and mathematics before teaching school for ten years. He has written and illustrated over 20 books for children. He makes his home in a suburb of Tokyo. He is married and has two children.