The Bells of London

Conveying the spirit of bustling Elizabethan London, whose many churches the verses celebrate we learn the story of a girl’s affection for a pet bird. Using the same linoleum block technique as in A Year of Birds, Wolff has fashioned, for an old nursery rhyme, splendid illustrations that convey the spirit of Elizabethan London and her famous churches. ‘Oranges and lemons say the bells of Saint Clement’s / Pancakes and fritters say the bells of Saint Peter’s …the book’s finely executed period setting, with its details of costume and daily life, invites keen observation and makes this ripe for sharing with children older than the designated age group.

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