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*A Walk in London* by Salvatore Rubbino
A Walk in London
by Salvatore Rubbino
Ages 4-10 40 pages Candlewick March 2011 Hardcover    

Salvatore Rubbino writes and illustrates this story of a young girl and her mother, told from the perspective of the little girl, as she and her mother travel around London visiting some of its historical and tourist sights.

Each double-page spread shows a scene in London, from a rainy street scene to the inside of the Tower of London, where the girl and her mother are admiring the Imperial State Crown. Each illustration gives the reader many details about London, from the maps of London to the English currency to the rainy weather and the quintessential red double-decker bus.

Also, each of the full double-page illustrations includes fascinating tidbits of information about some of the historic landmarks shown in the illustration. For example, near the illustration of a man dressed in black feeding crows at the Tower of London, Rubbino writes,
[T]here are seven ravens that live in the Tower of London and the Ravenmaster feeds them 170 grams of raw meat every day, an egg a week, and occasionally a rabbit.
Though many of the pages are double-page spreads, there is also a foldout revealing a “Thames panorama.” The narrative of the young girl is a little simpler than the text explaining the trivia, so this captivating book provides a range of reading challenges that is suitable for and will appeal to children ages 4 to 10 years of age.

A Walk in London is a cheerful, educational and exciting introduction to the historic city. Five stars.

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