Children's LiteratureDaily life in London, England is described from the time of the Roman invasion in A.D. 43 through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution and until today. Part of the "Cities through Time" series, this book encapsulates major historical events as well as the realities of daily life for people living through them, including the Great Fire of 1666, disastrous plagues, and the bombing raids of World War II when some Londoners slept in subway tunnels at night. Drawings and photographs complement the text, which manages in a mere sixty pages to capture effectively both the high and low points in London's colorful history. A helpful timeline is included at the end, as are an index and recommended reading list. 2001, Runestone Press/Lerner, . Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Valerie O. Patterson
School Library JournalGr 4-8-Both of these titles provide general overviews of the cities' histories, including political, religious, and social background. Even though neither volume offers new information, the books trace the cities' evolutions from early beginnings to modern times, a task few other works tackle. Each of six periods is addressed in a number of double-page spreads. For example, topics covered under "Early Cairo" are "Marriage and Family," "At Home," "Life on the Nile," and "Cairo under Saladin." The roles of women are given special treatment in both books. Thorough time lines are appended. The many full-color reproductions, photographs of sites, labeled drawings, and quotations from primary sources enhance and add credibility to the narratives. While the illustrations are only of average quality, they communicate a good deal of information and add visual appeal. Supplemental purchases where needed.-Betina Gardner, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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