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Joan Steiner’s new children’s book in a nutshell

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Joan Steiner's worldview is rather tasteful. Onions form the domes of the Taj Mahal, ribbed pasta tubes hold up temple ruins at Delos, Greece, and -- whoa, are pistachio nut shells standing in for the Sydney Opera House? The author's fourth book for children in the Look-Alikes series, "Around the World," casts day-to-day items -- including but not limited to food -- as 40 iconic tourist sites with a wry (or is that rye?) sub- title: "The more you look, the more you see." It's silly, really, and kids no doubt will eat it up. Available at bookstores and Amazon.com.

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