A Walk in London

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A child’s-eye view of London’s top attractions blends lively artwork with fascinating facts, and features a sweeping gatefold of the city skyline.

London is calling! Come along on a mother-daughter day trip as they wend their way past the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, through Trafalgar Square, and on to Covent Garden. Listen closely and you might just learn a secret about the Whispering Gallery in Saint Paul’s Cathedral. Then it’s on to the Tower of London and the ...

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Overview

A child’s-eye view of London’s top attractions blends lively artwork with fascinating facts, and features a sweeping gatefold of the city skyline.

London is calling! Come along on a mother-daughter day trip as they wend their way past the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, through Trafalgar Square, and on to Covent Garden. Listen closely and you might just learn a secret about the Whispering Gallery in Saint Paul’s Cathedral. Then it’s on to the Tower of London and the river Thames, where a fold-out surprise awaits. Readers will be enchanted by Salvatore Rubbino’s cheerful, sophisticated illustrations and abundant trivia about the one and only city of London. Cheerio!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Emily Griffin
A mother and daughter set out to explore the great city of London. Sticking to central London this pair has a busy day ahead of them. They hit many of London's most famous sights, but author and illustrator Rubbino makes sure readers get more than just typical tourist highlights. This mother-daughter pair also walks through St. James's Park to visit the pelicans, watches street performers at the Covent Garden piazza while eating fish and chips, investigates the Whispering Gallery inside the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral, looks up at The Monument and learns about the Great Fire of 1666, and at the end of their day they take a ferry ride on the river Thames back to Westminster. Rubbino's mixed media illustrations have a distinctly vintage vibe to them and while there is a lot to look at on each page it does not feel cluttered or overwhelming. The main text, narrated by the daughter, is clear and engaging. Many smaller trivia facts are scattered around on each page, providing further depth to the story of this city. Near the end, a large fold-out shows the skyline of London with labeled landmarks. A wonderfully narrated walking tour of London; recommended. Reviewer: Emily Griffin
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Rubbino's follow-up to A Walk in New York (Candlewick, 2009) is jam-packed with sights, sounds, and facts—much like a full-day of sightseeing in London. The narrative is from the point of view of a child, most helpfully told in a bold font, as she relates the journey she and her mother take from Westminster (also known as Central London) into The City (olde London) and back again. The story focuses on details that will interest young children, such as sitting on the lions in Trafalgar Square, talking to pelicans in St. James's Park, or trying to lift a bar of gold at the Bank of England. Trivia of a more general nature is scattered throughout, filling readers in on historical details and quirky facts. In this way, Rubbino connects the wide-eyed visitor to readers who might be hoping to learn a thing or two from the book. And considering there is so much going on in these pages, the layout manages to engage readers without overwhelming them. The mixed-media illustrations have a retro look that enhances the many iconic symbols of this city: Beefeaters, red double-decker buses, Underground signs, the London Eye. The end pages are particularly attractive; at the front there's a map of the journey that the child and her mother will take. Upon closing the book that map has been supplemented by ticket stubs, coins, and an index that retraces their steps. This is an Anglophile's delight and a fantastic introduction to the city.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763652722
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 603,584
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Salvatore Rubbino is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. A Walk in New York, his first picture book, began as a series of paintings that was short-listed for the Victoria and Albert Museum Illustration Awards. He lives (and walks) in London.
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