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Picturing a World

Ostrich at the Zoo

When Edward takes his nephew Eddie to the Parisian zoo, the Jardin d'Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne, they see an ostrich pulling a cart. Although I had read about the ostrich, I had never seen a picture of it until I ran across Abroad. Illustrated by Thomas Crane (1808–1859), father of the far more famous illustrator Walter Crane (1845–1915), it follows an English family across the Channel and through France. Abroad conveys how a visitor in a foreign country finds that everything looks new and different.

For a recent children's book that also takes you on an illustrated tour of Paris in an earlier age, click here. If anybody can suggest other children's books that historical novelists should consult or ways to let them stimulate the imagination, please let me and other readers know in a comment.
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