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A beautifully illustrated and dramatic urban history lesson.

Illustrations and text provide an overview of the history of London, England, from its Roman roots to the present day.

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2004 Hard cover New. No dust jacket as issued. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 44 p. Great Cities Through the Ages. Audience: Children/juvenile.

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A beautifully illustrated and dramatic urban history lesson.

Illustrations and text provide an overview of the history of London, England, from its Roman roots to the present day.

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Publishers Weekly
Incorporating photos, timelines and illustrations, the paper-over-board Great Cities Through the Ages series adds two titles that explore key European sites. In Italy's Venice by Renzo Rossi, readers travel from the city's settlement in the fourth century through the reign of the doges (chief magistrates) to the present day, along the way learning about such traditions as "Carnevale," held each winter since the 11th century. First a Roman settlement, later the capital of the British empire, London by Neil Morris examines the town on the Thames, with sections on "Medieval London" and "London at War," as well as spreads on the monarchy, transportation, architecture and more. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
London's unique and fascinating history began with the Romans when they first settled by the Thames in 43 A. D. and called the town Londinium. Readers will be amazed with the intriguing information found on the pages of this over-sized addition to the "Great Cities Through the Ages" series by Enchanted Lion Books. This comprehensive book provides a visual treat as well. The informative text is set in chunks throughout the spreads where pictures, graphics, diagrams and illustrations are scattered. These graphics include famous buildings, people, rules and homes. A timeline of events is also included on the pages. The format provides a look at this great city that will appeal to all readers. In addition to Roman rule other topics include Saxon and Norman London, Medieval London, the Tudor and Stuart eras, plus art, literature and theater. Readers will learn about the Great Fire of London that burned for five days and the famous West End landmark, Piccadilly Circus. (The name Piccadilly comes from the ruffs worn by 17th century English "dandies.") Architectural styles, clothing styles, cathedrals, the monarchy and London at War are covered—along with The Beatles, Indian cultural influences and a look into the 21st Century. This is a truly comprehensive look at the events, people and history of this truly cosmopolitan city. A complete index is included. This book is an excellent resource to have in library media centers and classrooms. 2004, Enchanted Lion Books, Ages 10 up.
—Sue Reichard
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Taking a page from DK design, these books offer two-page treatments of historical and thematic material. Each spread presents a one-paragraph overview, a web of captioned images and small blocks of text, and a time line of significant events. Among the highlights in London are art, literature, and theater; transportation; the Thames; sports; and the ethnic diversity among the residents. Venetian topics include the Doge's Palace, the Arsenal, Carnival, St. Mark's Square, and the unique aspects of life on a lagoon, in addition to the segments on particular eras (from the locale's origins to the present). Whereas the "Eyewitness" books (DK) have a clean design and high-quality reproductions, these titles are not as exacting. The pages are crowded and busy, and while the visual choices are interesting and the original illustrations of period life enhance understanding, the reproductions of famous paintings, particularly in Venice, are dark to the point of being unclear. The "Cities of the World" series (Children's) provides solid information and strong visuals-although not as many. The "Cities through Time" series (Runestone) conveys an organized, chronological sense of place. Purchase the titles under review where city information is frequently requested; their large format and abundance of things to see will elicit the "wow" response.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592700134
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: Great Cities Through The Ages
  • Pages: 44
  • Age range: 8 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 13.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Morris has written many books. He lives in Britain.

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