7 DECEMBER 1901, Page 51

The Children's London. By Charlotte Thorpe. (Leadenhall Press. 10s. 6d.

net.) —Miss Thorpe very properly begins with the Tower, which, though hardly as old as Julius Caesar, is doubtless the oldest building in London. Westminster Hall itself has not even a fragment that can match with the White Tower. She tells the story, or part of the story, sufficiently well, and then moves on—there is no law that regulates her move. ments—to- the Foundling Hospital. The third subject is- the Zoological Gardens, and the fourth is the National Gallery. But we need not follow Miss Thorpe in her wanderings. Let it suffice to say that she conducts her party of children to the chief sights of London—there are fourteen chapters in all—and gives at every one an interesting little lecture about what the place has been and is, its meaning and its purpose. And everywhere she is admirably assisted by the illustrations of Mr. William Luker, jun. This is a charming gift-book, we were going to say for a country child, but country children nowadays possibly see more of London sights than their London cousins, always within reach of these wonders and perhaps never reaching them.