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Whether you travel on the London Underground every week (as millions do) or just once in a blue moon, this fascinating and beautifully illustrated book will intrigue you. It seamlessly mixes facts and human stories to explain the history of the tube from 1845, when Charles Pearson proposed an ‘Arcade Railway’ to cope with congestion on the roads, to today when 100 million people travel through Waterloo station alone every year. You’ll meet the people whose vision shaped the trains, their lines and the stations, and learn quirky facts about everything from lost property to ‘Mind the Gap’ announcements. Sarah McMenemy’s pen and ink illustrations are equally atmospheric whether representing passengers in Victorian times or today, and David Long, a Blue Peter Prize winner, knows just how to entertain and inform at the same time.
Irresistible for anyone mad about trucks! There’s so much to learn about the extraordinary world of trucks and truck-mad William Bee is the man to explain it all. There are steam trucks, amphibious trucks, rescue trucks, snow plough trucks, fire engine trucks and much, much more. Gloriously bold illustrations celebrate the wonders of trucks while the texts adds some useful details.
This fun book is a playful way for young children to develop their counting, observation and pen control skills. Spot the differences between tower cranes, join the dots to finish building a house, count bricks and lots more. Durable, wipe-clean pages mean children can revisit their favourite activities again and again.
While other children are busy creating castles and shops for their school project Yasmin, the lively heroine of this vibrant and attractive series, cannot think what to do. A creative block that will resonate with readers who find it hard to get started on a task. But then she realises that by creating pavements and bridges she brings the buildings together and during break time she creates a community for the whole class. The text is Book Banded Turquoise and with the quirky inclusive illustrations will be confidence building for emergent readers. Yasmin and her family come from Pakistan, so we have occasional Urdu words used and explained and a light touch introduction to Pakistan and its culture. There are discussion questions, author and illustrator biographies and finally, instructions are given for building a model castle needing only cardboard, scissors and glue , usefully modelling instructional text The sparky protagonist, Yasmin also features as a painter, explorer and fashion model in this highly recommended series.
Amelia Earhart, written by Isabel Thomas and illustrated by Dàlia Adillon is a charmingly illustrated biography of an aviation pioneer. The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Earhart was a superstar of aviation in the 1920s and ‘30s and a pioneer of women’s rights. Her disappearance in 1937, while attempting to fly around the world, remains an unsolved mystery.