The Bells of London

Praise for The Bells of London…

Using the same linoleum block technique as in A Year of Birds, Wolff has fashioned, for an old nursery rhyme, splendid illustrations that also tell the story of a girl’s affection for a pet bird. The scene’s rich, flat colors form decorative patterns against areas of opaque black, conveying the spirit of bustling Elizabethan London, whose many churches the verses celebrate. ‘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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