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London Folk Tales For Children

London Folk Tales for Children' by Anne Johnson and Sef Townsend, illustrated by Belinda Evans, published by The History Press, is a collection of thirteen stories with additional poems. Anne and Sef have gathered stories from the words and memories of Londoners past and present. The stories are of the 'immigrants' that have made London what it is and a 'London' folk tale may have begun in a place far away. You will meet Prince Duleep, the young maharajah who presented to Queen Victoria a diamond so big it was called 'the mountain of light'. You will hear street cries, songs of chimney sweeps, tales of cross-dressing Earls and escapees from The Tower of London with names like Thomas Blood. The human family s one family and this great family shows its many faces on the streets of London. London's windblown stories are as countless as the stars.

London Folk Tales For Children

Every child matters and every family has stories to share.
London Folk Tales for Children' grew out of a project, 'We Are Londoners'. A three year 'Everyday Magic' project that celebrated the fact that London is the place where we hear many languages spoken on the street and this has been true since the time of the Romans in the first century AD. Both Anne and Sef developed and worked on this project. Belinda Evans is an artist and illustrator based in London. London Folk Tales are passionate about helping children feel comfortable and confident no matter whether they are newcomers to London or whether their first language is other than English. They work with schools and share traditional tales from many countries while at the same time stressing the vital connection that has always existed between London and the rest of the world. They encourage the children to become detectives and discover some of the stories behind the statues, the street names and the buildings of London and to add their own family stories to the great treasure trove of London stories.
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