I know it’s going to be a long winter when I start immersing myself in travel books and it’s not even officially, winter yet.
A Walk in London by Salvatore Rubbino is a travel book that gives us a child’s eye-view while exploring
centre, visiting many well-known landmarks such as Buckingham
Palace, Big Ben bell and clock tower, Trafalgar Square, Convent Garden,
Cathedral, plus many more sights. St. Paul
Each slightly oversized 2-page spread is filled with details of each location with additional quirky, sometimes random, bits of information scattered across them. For instance did you know that
dome weighs about 64,000 tons? Or, that every year in St. Paul , 300
million fish and chips dinners are eaten? Or, that
Britain has 775 rooms? Or, that
double-decker buses have been in use since the 1930s? These factoids
help us learn more about Buckingham Palace .
But for our young narrator it’s all about
talking with the pelicans at St. James Park, sitting on the lions in London Trafalgar Square,
and enjoying the street entertainers in .
A ferry ride down the Thames gets a 4-page pull out that gives us a panoramic
view of the shore line the further orientates us with the sights to be found
between the Convent Garden Tower of London and the ,
such as the Globe Theatre and the London Eye.
If you check the front and end pages you will be able to name the
bridges you seen in the fold out. Good
for mapping skills and geographic thinking. Palace of Westminster
The illustrations are done in mixed-media with a fairly muted palette that conveys a very retro-style. It reminds me of old travel posters from the 1950s and 60s.
This is a fun exploration of a wonderful city. This is exactly how the book comes across: when in
, there is a lot to see, do and enjoy. Our narrator and her mother have a very busy,
full day as they travel around the heart of London and I'm glad I was able to join them. Any respite from winter is welcomed. London
Recommended for grades 1-4.