This is London, Hardback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 64 pages, 60 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing
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  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780789310620


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Written in 1959, this is a beautifully created book that really gets to the heart of London for children. This copy is an updated version (retains the original information with updates to it!) Great book. Glad I bought it!

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This Is London is one of a series of travel guides for children written and illustrated by Miroslav Sasek beginning in the late 1950s. Sasek describes and illustrates many familiar London landmarks. He also describes cultural aspects one might observe there, including business apparel, tea time and entertainment such as cricket, dart playing in pubs, and open air markets. Some of the facts that were true when the book was published in 1959 are no longer accurate. While the original text and illustrations have been preserved, an asterisk system directs readers to a page at the back of the book with updated information (as of 2004). Society was more formal in the late 1950s, and the style of the illustrations and muted color palate reflect the era. Despite some dated features, the book still maintains a timeless feel. Recommended for lovers of London of all ages.