A long time ago in a land far away (our favourite saying this week), I once took a short trip over from Japan to Beijing. One place I made sure to visit with an English-speaking tour guide was The Forbidden City. This complex is immense, and there’s no way to see it all in a day, let alone get a good grasp of the history of it. But now I’m able to take my time and ‘walk through’ it again with my children….
We received the book, In The Forbidden City from Tuttle Publishing a little while ago. But this isn’t the kind of book you’ll read in one, or even several, sittings. There is more information in here than you can shake a stick at!
As you know, our family love Tuttle books, and they all have something just a little different about them. This title is no different. What’s different about this one? It’s the pages.
Yes, the pages.
The pages In The Forbidden City fold out 2 or 3 ( or 5!) times to present panoramic sketches of the City full of tiny little details! But don’t worry, there is also a handy magnifying glass (made of plastic for safety) at the back of the book, which lives in a pocket.
Slide this magnifier out and use it to get up close and personal!
Okay, so now that you know about the great illustrative features of the book…what’s it actually about?
Take a step back in time and get up close and walk through the Forbidden City. Find out
- Who were the emperors between 1403 and 1911, and a little quirk about each one
- What was special about the year 1761
- What was the cost of rebuilding the Gate of Supreme Harmony after a fire
- Why there is a miniature mountain within the grounds
- Read little tales about daily life, mystery, and intrigue
- Spot the kitty that appears throughout the book
- So very much more!
Some children may prefer to see the City in colour and action before or during their exploration of this book. This video on YouTube, I found quite interesting. The Forbidden City is a beautiful place full of colour and history, as well as a good dose of mystery. Here you’ll find out a little more.
If you’re interested in purchasing this book or other books about China from Tuttle, here are some direct Amazon links (affiliate) for you (also available direct from Tuttle):