I've been to London to visit the Queen!
Kitty Kat, Kitty Kat, what did you see?
I'll tell you the story, just listen to me...
The premise of this book is a new take on an olde English rhyme dating back to 1805. In the story (an Usborne book written by Russell Punter and Dan Taylor), a cat recounts his recent trip to London to his owl friend, taking his friend on a virtual tour of the city. As Kitty Kat shares the key points of his trip, he also shares a nugget of information about each site - so the book serves as both a playful book to read aloud and a first tour of London for young readers!
I have visited London a few times over the years, so I loved virtually visiting it again through Kitty Kat's eyes and introducing these beloved sites to my four year old, Josh. He loved learning about Big Ben - and, of course, watching a video I found that shows the famous bell ringing. On the page that shows the whispering gallery in St. Paul's Cathedral's dome, I could tell Josh about whispering there myself when I was a kid.
Kitty Kat also introduces Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, the Globe Theatre, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and a few other famous spots in London. And, as a fun bonus, the inside cover of the book shows Kitty Kat's tour on a map, complete with cat paws marking the route. Now, when Josh and I read the book together, he flips between the page we are reading and the map inside the cover to trace Kitty Kat's journey.
Would you rather travel to Paris? Kitty Kat went there, too! Hopefully he'll keep up these worldly wanders - I want to see where he travels next!
Hi there! I'm Christine - Usborne Books & More independent consultant, kids' book fan, English teacher, mom of two boys.