A Walk in London tells the story of a mother-daughter day-trip spent exploring the historic city of London. They wander from Westminster to Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London, visiting all the most famous and well-known London attractions. They see the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace, the bronze lions in Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the crown jewels in the Tower of London.
Each double-page spread features trivia in different, smaller fonts which can help to hold the attention of older children, enabling this book to be read and enjoyed by multiple ages at the same time. I learned that Norway sends a huge Christmas tree to London every year to stand in Trafalgar Square; there has been a cathedral on the site of St. Paul’s for more than 1.400 years; and the crown jewels have never been stolen, although Thomas Blood did try in 1671.
The book is full of lovely illustrations that are somewhat reminiscent of Quentin Blake’s style. The author is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. A Walk in New York was his first picture book, which began as a series of paintings that were short-listed for the Victoria and Albert Museum Illustration Awards. A Walk in London ends with a beautiful fold-out panorama of the Thames and the location of major sites on the river.
Without doubt this book would serve as a great introduction if your family ever plans a trip to London. The tour is rich with commentary about sites throughout the city, and so it’s also a wonderful way to explore a new city without ever leaving the comfort of your home.
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