ANSWERS: London Children’s Lit Quiz September 27, 2013Posted by ccbooks in Nerd Line.
I promised answers and here they are!
1. Portobello Road, London. Featured in Bedknobs and Broomsticks by Mary Norton and the subsequent Disney movie. Ana wouldn’t stop humming the impossibly catchy song about it most of the week we stayed there.
2. Cromwell Road. In the classic Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfeild, the Fossil sisters live on this road and walk to the V&A museum to see the dollhouses. I don’t think there are any dollhouses there today–they’ve all been moved to the Museum of Childhood at Bethnel Green.
3. Russell Square. Another Streatfeild reference. Madame Fidolia’s Academy of Dancing and Stage Training, which is featured in Ballet Shoes, Theater Shoes, Movie Shoes and Traveling Shoes is located in the square.
4. Chester Square. Clara Wintermute, one of the heroines of Laura Amy Schlitz’s Newbery Honor winning book Splendors and Glooms lives here, near Victoria Station.
5. Red Lion Square. Another dancing school, this time the Dominick Ballet School from the slightly cheesy Drina series by Jean Estoril is located in this square.
6. Outer Circle of Regent’s Park. The Dearlys from 101 Dalmations, by Dodie Smith, live here on the edge of the park.
7. Round Pond, Kensington Gardens. Pretty much everything in Kensington Gardens has some connection to Peter Pan, but I was actually thinking of Susan Cooper’s more recent title Victory. The main character Molly and her family have a picnic there.
8. Mummy room, British Museum. Ok this was sort of a cheat. Ana wanted me to take a picture of it because of a quote from I Capture the Castle, also by Dodie Smith. When narrator Cassandra tells her stepmother Topaz that her father has been visiting the British Museum and so can’t be having an affair, Topaz replies “As if that proves anything…People do nothing but use it for assignations. I met him there myself once, in the mummy room.”