When I finished university it seemed like a right of passage for most of my friends to go and work in London. Whilst I chose to live in Japan for a year instead, I had a blast visiting friends in London. Being a bit of a Museum enthusiast (if there is such a thing) it didn’t take me long to discover the Museum of London. I was quite taken with this little Museum, so I was quite intrigued when I heard their curatorial staff consulted on this book.
The Story of London is a delightful little book (the perfect size to read in the car or carry in a backpack) that covers London’s history from 43AD to 2012, from the Roman rule, to the Saxons and Vikings, through the plagues and wars, and up to the Olympics. The text is perfect for third graders and up, with a slightly chatty style – perfect for maintaining the interest of young readers. Not to mention it includes wonderful imagery for all the parts of London’s history this age group would want to know about, such as the death of King Charles I, “On January 30, he climbed onto a scaffold and sank to his knees. A deep groan rushed through the crowd as the executioner swung his axe, slicing off the King’s head.”
Not to be overlooked are the superb illustrations which give life to each time period. A mixture of photographs, various artwork and drawings, they serve to enhance the understanding of the text which weaves in and around them.
Harper Collins have kindly given us two books to give away! To enter, make sure you follow me on one of my social media channels and answer which city in the world you love most and why – leave your comment on this post, or my Facebook page, or my Instagram post. Simple! Competition is only open to Australian Residents and closes at 7pm (AEST) Sunday 26th June 2016. Winners will be notified before publication.
Author: Rob Lloyd Jones
Illustrator: Luana Rinaldo