This volume is part of a series designed to introduce children to the concept of their local area. The book uses contemporary photographs to highlight possible features in children's own local environment. It includes: consideration of different aspects of the local area and how these aspects could be made safer; simple activities such as how to draw a map; and information to help children recognize changes in their environment. The series has strong links with another Heinemann series, "What was it Like in the Past?"
Angela Royston has written many books for young people, including books about people at work, animals, health and the environment.