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Katie in London
James Mayhew
Picture Book (Series)
Ages 4 to 7
Orchard Books (UK), 2003, 1-84362-285-8
  Katie and her little brother Jack are supposed to be sight seeing in London with their Grandma but the old lady is already tired out and they haven’t even really seen anything yet. Grandma tells the children to “stay by that lion” in Trafalgar square while she has “a little rest” on a park bench.
  The children do as there are told. Actually they climb onto the back of the lion statue. Suddenly, and without warning, the lion comes to life, his grey stone turning golden in the sunlight. Thankfully the lion is friendly and understands that the children are only doing what their Grandma told them to do. Being a kind sort of creature he takes pity on the children and he takes them for a tour of London.
 The children get to see St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. They even go inside the Tower to see the royal jewels. Then there is Tower Bridge – where the lion almost causes an accident – and the Globe theatre. The lion has a little trouble when they climb aboard the London Eye but even he has to admit that the view from up there is splendid.
  Together the two children and the lion have a splendid time and before they go back to Trafalgar Square, Katie and Jack make sure that they give the lion a little souvenir of the wonderful hours that they spent together.
  It is hard to imagine any child not enjoying an adventure like this one. Not only does Katie experience a little big of magic, but she and her brother all get to see one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in the world. Lovely illustrations compliment the entertaining text.
  At the back of the book the author has included some further facts about the sights that Katie and Jack see on their tour.

Katie in London


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