Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday-A Walk in London by Salvatore Rubbino

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by Salvatore Rubbino
Published 2011
Candlewick Press
40 Pages 
I have never been to London, but after reading this book, I feel like I just visited. A little girl and her mother are walking around London for the first time. The story is told through the girl's narration and the dialogue between the two of them. Accompanying the story are multiple captions scattered about the detailed illustrations of this beautiful city. 
Did you know that Buckingham Palace has its own post office and postal code? And the Imperial State Crown (which the monarch wears at the State Opening of Parliament each year) has 2,868 diamond, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 5 rubies and 273 pearls in it. This book is filled with little nuggets like this. The illustrations are realistic and adorable at the same time. Kids will enjoy getting their hands on this book and studying the pictures. Because of the density of information, this is a book to share closely and possibly in two sittings with younger students. I would recommend it for grades 2-5. 

Discussions and Activities
Pair A Walk in London with another book about the royal city. Some are shared here.
Find London on a map.
Share a real map of the city.
Compare and contrast London to students' home town. 
How do the narration and captions work together to convey information?
Which place in London interests you the most? 
Write a class book following this pattern about your town. 
Share this video of London created by local children. 


  1. I've seen this in our store. It does look interesting. I love all the ways this can be used as a mentor text.

  2. I've been other places in Europe but never to the UK, Gigi. This looks good for a variety of reasons! Thanks.

  3. Oh this looks delightful Checking to see if my library has this book. I have been to London and want to return via a picture book!

  4. Might be the only way I get to London anytime soon! It's definitely a place on the Bucket List!

  5. When I am asked about travel books, I can never think of any. I will have to check this one out. Thank you for sharing. And Happy Birthday!

  6. Hi there Gigi - I just came from London a few weeks ago, and seeing this brought back beautiful memories! Will have to find this book soonest. :)