This Is London

From the first moment I set eyes on this book, I desperately wanted it for my my son’s bookshelf. Do excuse my tatty copy; I’ve had the book for a while and it’s been thumbed many times by sticky little fingers.

First published in 1959, This Is London is the work of Miroslav Sasek. He was born in Prague in 1916, and worked as a painter and illustrator for most of his life. He is artist, illustrator and author of the This Is series of children’s books.

And this is how the story begins.

Well, this is London.
But don’t worry, it is hidden in fog like this only a few times a year in winter.
Most of the time it looks – LIKE THIS!
London is the capital of the United Kingdom and the chief city of the British Commonwealth of Nations. It is the largest city in the world.
“Busy emporium for trade and traders,” it was described by the Roman historian, Tacitus, one thousand nine hundred years ago.

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    • Thank you *blush* I went through a phase of children’s books. Started with Gruffalo, then got bored of the usual titles and started seeking out stranger ones. That phase might just resurface again!

    • Oh, I’m a sucker for great covers! If it’s the same book but in two limited edition covers, I’d buy both.

  1. I have a similar old book for children about London though not nearly as pretty. The boys like to use it when we visit to see how much things have changed.

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