Last month we talked about the UK to kids in the library, and we also shared a few picture books written by British writers. One of the books I shared is called Pop-up London. This book is amazing, and I love it!
In every page, there are a few questions to guide the children to find out the answers in the book. For example, do you know that you can sleep in London's Natural History Museum?
There's also a funny question, like: do you know there is a pair of Queen Victoria's underpants on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum? Perhaps this fact inspired a British writer Nicholas Allan to write a book called The Queen's Knickers? Really, if I had known that Queen Victoria's knickers are displayed at V&A, I would've gone there to have a look...
這本書還有其他問題，有些超級爆笑。例如: 你知道維多莉亞與艾伯特博物館裡面，展示著維多莉亞女王的... 內褲嗎? 其實我很難理解為何女王的內褲可以如此公然被當作藝術品展示在博物館內... 不過在英國莎士比亞故居，我也看過男士使用過的尿桶就是了。說真的，又是一句「早知道」的話，我一定會想盡辦法看看女王的內褲到底是怎樣的花樣。或許，這也就是英國作者尼可拉斯艾倫為何會寫出「女王的內褲」這本書的原因吧!
Some questions can be somewhat gruesome, but it seems part of the British tradition. For example, this book mentions a few haunted houses in London. This reminds me of a story about the Sun Inn in Chipping...
不過，這本書也有一些讓人毛骨悚然的問題... 多數提到英國鬧鬼的皇宮或住所。不過英國確實充滿很多鬼故事呢! 我記得當年我去英國鄉村Chipping這地方，所拍到的第一張照片就是The Sun Inn，聽說17世紀時，那間小旅館有位女服務生，與一名男士論及婚嫁，卻在出嫁前一天，親眼在旅館，透過窗戶，看著旅館對面的教堂，她那位所謂的未婚夫，牽著另一名女子，步入禮堂。那位女服務生當晚就上吊自殺。從此以後，那位女服務生的亡魂就不時在旅館出現。有些英國人很奇怪，還特別想要體驗那種有靈異事件的旅館!
In the first page, we saw Royal Albert Hall, and we also saw two photos of Queen Victoria and her husband Albert. When I told the children about this round building, a volunteer who has never been to the UK exclaimed, "I thought that it was Shakespeare's Globe!" I said that both buildings are round shaped, but Royal Albert Hall is where the Proms are held every year. I turned the book around for the kids to see what it looked like to go to a Prom. Do you know how long the Proms have been held? You can find out the answer in Pop-up London! You can also find out how many kinds of animals belong to the Queen.
扯得有點遠了。把焦點拉到這本專門介紹倫敦的立體書。在第一頁，我們看到皇家阿爾伯特音樂廳。這棟建築物是圓型的。當我跟小朋友介紹這棟建築物時，我那位還沒去過英國的志工搭檔驚呼:「我以為這是莎士比亞劇場耶!」我說這兩個建築物都是圓型的，不過可不是同一個建築物喔! 為了讓小朋友們知道皇家阿爾伯特音樂廳通常用來做什麼用，我將書本翻到背面，讓小朋友們看看英國傳統的暑期音樂會the Proms到底是怎樣的盛況。想知道Proms歷史有多悠久?翻翻這本Pop-up London就可找到答案! 此外，你也可以從這本書找到女王到底擁有哪些種類的動物。
In the final page, we readers saw Tower Bridge, which could be opened up when a ship could go across the River Thames. I told my partner and the kids that in Taiwan, we always call Tower Bridge "London Bridge", but it's wrong. London Bridge and Tower Bridge are different bridges.
Although this book has only 12 pages, it contains insightful information about London, its history and its tradition (for instance - doubledecker and a phone box!). This pop-up book also gives readers an introduction about some British famous people such as the Royal family, Princess Diana, Shakespeare, or some famous people, like Karl Marx, who lived in London before.
雖然這本書只有少少的12頁，內容卻相當豐富、精彩。不僅具有教育性，也充滿趣味性。倫敦的歷史、文化、傳統、名人、特色，一應俱全。你還可以在書中看到超可愛的紅色倫敦雙層巴士及倫敦紅色電話亭 (不知道現在還有沒有紅色電話亭呢?) 歷史名人不外乎有皇室、莎士比亞，甚至連馬克思也出現在本書喔!
I wish I had such a book to flip every now and then. It's never boring to read such an interesting book! 我真的很想擁有這本書，真是百翻不厭啊!
Have a look at the video clip below: 看一下本書簡短介紹吧!
If you are interested, you can make a paper double decker yourself! The bus will go to Paddington Station. When I said that there was really such a station in the UK, the volunteer who has never been to the UK was surprised to know about it.
Pop-Up London Hardcover (the UK version) by Jennie Maizels
Pop-Up London Hardcover (the US version) by Jennie Maizels
Book Review: Pop-Up London By Abby Sacks (外國人寫的書評... 可以學到很多英文)
Night at the museum: A mealworm feast and snoozing with tigers on a Dino Snores break
The Queen's Knickers Paperback by Nicholas Allan
The Haunted Pub - Lizzie Dean
Pop Up London by Jennie Maizels (a video clip on youtube)