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A Rare Thing - An educational, fun, visual, tangible history book for all ages,
This review is from: Peter Kent's A City Across Time (Hardcover)My 6 year old daughter and I both love this book. It would be easy to describe it as an educational 'Where's Wally' or a pictorial history book, but it goes deeper than that. The establishment of a settlement, and eventually the city that we recognise to be London, is illustrated in beautiful detail, with plenty of 'hidden' surprises (the mammoth fossil, the unexploded World War II bomb, the buried treasure) that children can discover for themselves without having to be at a reading level to understand the text. As the pictures build to encompass new technologies and social and cultural change, then the reader can really grasp the passing of time and how it affects our environment.
The illustrations are in turn humorous, poignant, disturbing and thought-provoking. I thought that the 'yuppie bar' was funny; the woman who may or may not have died in childbirth worrying and sad; the 'far future' picture a bit too down-beat and the amount of human waste buried under the city probably too close to comfort. It is the sort of book that you can revisit and always find something new, very important if you are an adult that tires of reading your child's favourite book multiple times.
I remember a similar book based around castles that belonged to my cousin. This is going back 20 years, but I would love to see as many of Peter Kent's illustrative histories re-issued as possible. I would certainly look forward to sharing them with my daughter.