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Charlotte in London Hardcover – September 1, 2008

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Grade 3–5—This latest selection in Charlotte's exciting adventures takes the fictional child from Giverny in 1895 where her father is learning to paint "en plein air" to London. As in the earlier titles, Knight blends cameo appearances of historical figures into the fictional narrative. For example, Charlotte's mother tries to enlist artist John Singer Sargent to paint her portrait and is seated at a dinner party next to Mr. Henry James. Charlotte and her friend Lizzy visit many monumental landmarks, from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace. The text highlights both French and British culture; French phrases and historical facts are smoothly integrated within the text. Diary entries, watercolor paintings, and museum reproductions combine to create a detailed background. Featured artists' biographical information provides added depth to the period. There's much to explore in the mixed-media and watercolor art. Art aficionados and fans of Charlotte in Paris (2003) and Charlotte in Giverny (2000, both Chronicle) will enjoy these vivid British travels.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
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Art-loving Charlotte, who has globe-trotted from Giverny to Paris to New York, now writes of her trip to London in 1895 in this handsomely illustrated journal. The family goes to England in hopes that Charlotte’s mother will be painted by John Singer Sargent, but that’s only a thread in this story, which is as much about new adventures as it is about art. As in previous books, much care and thought have been put into the book’s design. Sweet’s own illustrations are small gems, but there are interesting reproductions here as well. For readers who want to know more, there’s plenty of back matter to inform. A bloomin’ delight. Grades 2-5. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Series: Charlotte
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811856356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811856355
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By N. Yektai on December 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I adore this latest installment from the Charlotte series...The author, (as in previous Charlotte books) has selected some of the most exquisite examples of painting from the time (Charlotte journeys to London this time, the year is 1895). The paintings are woven seamlessly with Charlotte's sketches, collages, and postcards into a charming tale. I am buying a copy for each and every one of my nieces and nephews this Christmas--as well as for for my daughter-who has fallen in love with Charlotte from her previous adventures in Giverny, Paris and New York.
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Format: Hardcover
What a pleasure to find that the delightful young
Charlotte Glidden is back, regaling us with another
of her adventures! This time she's gallivanting around
Queen Victoria's England, her story adorned as usual
with fascinating artwork of the 1890s her creator has
unearthed along with exquisite paintings of the period.
As always, she and her family and her pal Lizzie
run into various artists - this time, Sargent and Whistler,
Henry James and Saint Gaudens, among others - and,
also as always, we learn all kinds of whimsical things.
Did you know that "the Cotswolds" really means
"sheeps' pens"? Or how to make Raspberry Fool (for two)?
Best of all, Charlotte's tale gives us that nice,
nostalgic feeling of time-traveling into a sweet, distant
past that would have been a lot of fun to live in.
Encore, Charlotte - tres charmant !
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By cw on September 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated!
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