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British Museum: A History of the World in 25 Cities

Written by Tracey Turner, Andrew Donkin

Illustrated by Libby VanderPloeg

Key Stage 2 History People / Places

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An informative, inspiring treasure trove that takes readers on an epic, in-depth tour of extraordinary cities around the globe and across time

Written by Tracey Turner and Andrew Donkin in consultation with British Museum experts, A History of the World in 25 Cities is a wonderful concept that’s been dazzlingly executed through exquisite design as Libby Vander Ploeg’s luminously detailed illustrations draw the eye and spark the mind. Presented as a large format hardback, and resplendent with a striking neon cover, this mighty feat takes young readers on a magnificent journey around the world’s most fascinating cities, offering an exhilarating window into history and humankind.


“Cities are full of possibilities. They are where big ideas are born, because they welcome people from far and wide.” So explains the lively, thought-provoking introduction before readers are welcomed to embark on a thrilling voyage of discovery through 25 cities, among them Jericho in 8500 BCE, ancient Athens and Rome, rain-forested Benin in the 1500s, seventeenth-century Delhi, eighteenth-century Paris, 1930s New York, and modern-day Tokyo. Each city is presented with fabulous maps and a feast of fascinating facts, with the book rounding off with a look ahead to cities of tomorrow. What a glorious gift-that-keeps-giving this will make for 7+-year-olds who are keen to learn more about the world.

Joanne Owen

More About This Book

The Editor at Nosy Crow says:   “Taking in the work of over twenty curators, two authors and one illustrator, this book has been a labour of love for everyone involved. The result is one of the most stunningly original map books I’ve ever seen. Childfriendly, accessible, gifty and full of intriguing facts, this is an absolute treasure trove of facts and illustration that will inform and delight readers of all ages.”

British Museum: A History of the World in 25 Cities Synopsis

Co-authored by award-winning children's authors Tracey Turner and Andrew Donkin in consultation with specialist curators at the British Museum, readers can visit cities from every inhabited continent on Earth, from the walled city of Jericho built over 10,000 years ago, to the modern-day metropolis of Tokyo, the most-densely populated city in the world today. Featuring vibrant, beautifully detailed artwork from Libby VanderPloeg, each carefully researched map takes readers on a city tour at a unique moment in time - from exploring Athens in ancient Greece during the birth of democracy, to walking the beautiful lamplit streets of medieval Benin, deep in the West African rainforest.

Readers can even visit China's long-lost capital city of Xianyang - a city for which no original map exists, which was brought to life with support from the British Museum's team fantastic team of experts. Each map is followed by two gorgeously illustrated pages of fascinating information about what life was (or is like) like for the inhabitants of each city, including a bite-sized look at each city in numbers.

Packed with countless facts for curious readers to return to again and again, this is a perfect gift for children who want to explore history from around the world.

Cities featured include Jericho, Memphis, Athens, Xianyang, Rome, Constantinople, Baghdad, Jorvik, Benin City, Tenochtitlan, Granada, Beijing, Venice, Delhi, Cuzco, Amsterdam, Sydney, Paris, London, Bangkok, Saint Petersburg, New York City, Berlin, San Francisco and Tokyo, plus an exploration of Cities of Today and Cities of Tomorrow.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788006712
Publication date: 2nd September 2021
Author: Tracey Turner, Andrew Donkin
Illustrator: Libby VanderPloeg
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 112 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: History, People / Places

About Tracey Turner, Andrew Donkin

Tracey Turner (Author) Tracey Turner has written lots of books for children, including How Many Mice Make an Elephant, The Curious Book of Lists, Exploding Beetles and Inflatable Fish, and more than 80 other titles. Her work has been published in over 20 languages and many of her books have gone on to become best-sellers. She lives in Bath, southwest England with Tom and their son, Toby, and Wellington the dog, and works as a writer and editor. Andrew Donkin (Author) Andrew Donkin has sold over 10 million children's books and graphic novels, worldwide. His graphic novel, Illegal (co-written with Eoin Colfer), was ...

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