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Author: Salvatore Rubbino

Illustrator: Salvatore Rubbino

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Publisher: Candlewick, ©2011

Material: hard cover

Summary: Come along with a little girl and her mother on their day’s outing in London. They hit all the major attractions: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Covenant Garden, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London. They end their visit with a boat trip down the Thames River. Sprinkled throughout the text are snippets of information on London and its various attractions. This is a nonfiction picture book told from the perspective of a child.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 and up

Interest Level: 4 and up

Age of Child: Read with a 7-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: A friend of mine used the book with his son as an introduction to London since he plans to take his family there on vacation this summer. The boy enjoyed it immensely and is quite excited now about the trip.

Adult Reader Reaction: Both my friend and I found the book excellent. The fascinating trivia about London makes the book all the more appealing.

Pros: A Walk in London is perfect for classroom and home use, or for preparing for a visit to the city. The artwork is great and the trivia is lots of fun.

Cons: The only minor problem is that the trivia parts of the book are set in very small print. They are easy to miss sometimes so look carefully!

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is an enjoyable book with great illustrations and fun facts. It is great for preparing for a trip and then helps keep memories alive when you get home.


Educational Themes: This is an excellent source to prepare young travelers for a visit to London or just to introduce kids to another part of the world. You can find the United Kingdom on a map; dig deeper into particularly interesting places; and even try your hand at British experiences (like tea or fish & chips). This could also be a nice template for you and your kids creating a similar day's outing in your own town.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, travel, geography, British history

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2011

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