Preschool Around the World: England

Ruth and I completed our trip to Canada and have been spending time in England. Most of the books I was able to find at our library took place in London, so we concentrated our time there. I think my favorite was A Walk in London by Salvatore Rubbino. A little girl and her mother take a walk through London and the mother tells the girl about the sights they are seeing. The main text gives a very nice overview of the main landmarks with smaller text giving more details for those interested (or for older children).  I think Ruth also found this one approachable as the idea of a Mommy and daughter appealed to her.

The Adventures of Bella and Harry: Let’s Visit London! is part of a series by Lisa Manzione about an adorable globe-trotting pair of dog friends (and their human companions). It was a cute introduction to some stereotypical English things: fish and chips, double decker red buses, tea and crumpets and the changing of the guard.

More books on England: 

This is London by Miroslav Sasek
-Retro, cool and classic illustrations. First published in 1959, the information in the main body of text is often out-dated (some landmarks mentioned are no longer there). There is a list of 21st century corrections at the end of the book. Ultimately, we enjoyed Rubbino’s tour of the city more, but this one is still worth looking at.

Madeline in London by Ludwig Bemelmans
-A slightly odd storyline that felt a little forced. But hey, it’s Madeline, so what’s not to like?

The Big Alfie and Annie Rose Storybook by Shirley Hughes
all the Charlie and Lola books by Lauren Child
-Ruth enjoyed the gentle stories about Alfie and Annie Rose. Even more she enjoyed the stories about Charlie and his “little and funny” sister Lola. I think she identifies with Lola.



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