Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
A collection of brief book THE s by Hal by Lev Uw BJ LIpplBcoti iMbet by IJZ.fS after Dec. Itt distributed by McClellud aid Stewart Lovers of nature will con- sider this book a treasure. Hal Borland's essays on the four seasons make pleasant reading. He writes mostly about personal experiences of nature in various regions of the United States. Each essay is followed by a portfolio of colored photographs by Les Line which are magnificent. For anyone with a feel for nature this book would be a perfect gift. DOUG WALKER A by Bar- bara Brenner and Whiteslde 120 An outstanding a grows up on a farm. He has many farmyard friends but his best friend is Melville the farmhand. Hemi is sold to the U.S. army as a mascot but he's not impressed with army life. During a foot- ball Hemi the deserts the army and begins a long cross country search to find Melville who is now at agricultural college in the west. As he searches for Hemi meets new Corn Steller's Jackson the and an In- dian girl.. Dancing who provide love and help when danger threatens. At all times Hemi maintains a mule's sense of humor and tries to up- hold the values taught to him by his parents. Barbara Brenner shows that there is no need to write down for children. She has given us a book which is in the same class as Web and Incredible Journey. The ex- cellent illustrations by Winslow Higginbottom com- plement this beautiful story. TERRY MORRIS Great Movies J. McLeod 252 The only thing not a sure thing about this book is its price. Up to Jan. 1974 it will sell for After its publishers the tab will jump to But a special note from the at- tached to the reviewer's states the total will only be You figure it out. At any price. The Great Movies is worth the cost. Author William Bayer has taken only those movies he considers and makes no apology for his The Wild Rear The Third City Duck Dr. Tom Top The Wizard of A Hard Day's Night. Those titles take you part way through Bayer's selection of intrigue and comedies and musicals. There's much Background film clips and critical comment and in-depth analysis of the more than 60 movies selected by William Bayer contribute to make this book one of the finest to grace anv library. HERB LEGG Canadian Yesterday and Today in Play and edited by Raymond Reid and Wbiteside Limited. to Jan. 1 then 401 By means of assembling the views of Canadians I com books of prose and newspaper reports and magazine articles. and anything else he can get his hands on Raymond Reid attempts to set forth the Cana- dian style. The hotch-potch of material is glued together by bits of commentary by the editor. I am unconvinced that it reveals a Canadian style but 1 it's ur. interesting collection of Canadians for the neo- naliohulists to root around in. Even without the jacket's in- dication of the Toronto origin of the editor it would be ap- p.'irenl from his excessive resort to the Toronto new- spapers Tor material. I DOUG WALKER Farmer's by Anna Rooh Smodlibowska Press Limited. 32 This book is designed for children Iroin five to 10 have never experienced country lite Written and il- lustrated by skillful Polish ar- tists. It gives a European slant lo tiirm life which differs farms Suuitetn ari oi paper ft tvtffi -if A. special illustration in fak were done ty vrveti sn Poland an effort u ing matte preserve traditional art fwm The Year the first book to be published by it new wholly Canadian publishing firm based in Montreal. WALKER ZOO. iiat rttse tut MeWfcirter by St Bess pTWJOt life igf-iga. -wast. zasxsiKt -A jBsavzasL -JEfrr SXJKHOtiOS sunset 5ar -i rasn. M a by Bwter Lloyd- Jones awl Gibb distributed by Buster perhaps Britain's best known turns his atten- tion in this handy book to that most popular of all the dog. During his many years as a practicing vet he has come to know every aspect of dog the the pitfalls and the varied per- sonalities of the breeds. In his inimitable which mixes practical advice with anec- dotes and personal he discusses. among many choosing your dog. day-to-day care. breeding and your dog and the law plus a valuable list of do's and don'ts. The book will have an instant appeal to all of Buster Lloyd-Jones' many fans and anyone contemplating acquir- ing a dog will find it both instructive and amusing. CHRIS STEWART Tablet by Marjork and William Snow distributed by Fitzhenry and 80 Anyone with a desire to weave can learn to make highly durable purses and small rugs by using tablets. These may be bought or easily made Irom playing cards. This ancient craft requires no loom and is said to be the only form of weaving not yet mechanized. With its simplified drafts and colored the book is designed to guide the novice in easy steps to creating beautiful and useful projects at minimal cost. ELSIE MORRIS Twilight of Steam by Ron Ziel. J. 208 This book was first publish- ed in 1963 in hardcover and has now been reprinted in soft cover and updated with current photos of steam locomotives in action. The author travelled the length and breadth of North America in search of steam both alive and in service and on the scrap to see and photograph. The photos on the whole are quite good but even his bad ones have been put to use in this book. The chapter devoted to the scrapping process of a giant Burlington Railroad locomotive is a bit hard to lake for the steam fan who really admired big time steam locomotives in action. Another chapter on engines preserved for display in city parks shows what can happen when they are not fenced and become the target of vandals and souvenir hunters. Finally he covers the tourist those gaudily dressed tourist traps which have little or no resemblance to railroading as it once was in the days when it was the lifeline of North America. BRUCE REDMAN Au Grand by Shel Silverstein Whiteside The giving one of the best-selling children's books. should adorn the Christmas table of every child in this country. This French edition tells the story of a boy who would come to the tree to play when he was young and the tree was always happy. As the boy grew older he began to want more and more and the tree gave and gave. The tender parable of giving and losing and keeping has touched the hearts of readers of all ages and with the help of the expressive drawings French is made easy to understand for even the most hard-lipped anti- bilingualist. PATSON. by Antonnucl Nontrand Kctnhold A delightful little gift for A i n n Here is the e-Sikc a the famous Gninaess of Records. It is osefal as s reference for as 3 means of settling arguments. and as a source of LnfuniMliaa with which to regale captive audiences. The fellows in the composing just prior to were wondering one day if there was a record for inches of lead type grasped with a single hand. I didn't see such a record when leafing through this book but since there is a record for overdue library books and for ihe largest menu item there could very well be one. The book is attractively printed with an abundance of interesting il- lustrations. DOUG WALKER the Racers by Warren Witherall J. 206 This book written by the ski- ing director at Burke Moun- e aaak arouir become a cslasar ir 2S 5sic. The SBii'Dr Si-jse ffiarrekias Job cc s frills Lrjuu oo ibe iissfciDeEite are oomnsoa to all gress Its cSear. simple is enhanced by more than ooe hundred drawings and photographs. Everyone who turns a pair of skis seriously will want to own this book. CHRIS STEWART Roosevelts of Hyde by Elliott Roosevelt and James Brough Canada 318 il- This is the book many peo- ple have been led to believe provides an honest insight into the. Roosevelt family's father Franklin battling with mother mother Eleanor battling with matriarch Sara Delano ad nauseum. All to be found in The arm sf 5EHBL3GG by Mac Davis Donlap. 114 dis- tributed by George J. McLeod Need a humorous story or two for a special A pretty good choice is available in this book. An accomplished story teller could improve the punch of some of those in this collection. Substitution of names and occasions could make many of the stories suitable for almost any occa- sion Mac Davis has demonstrated how to do this by turning familiar standard jokes into specific sports stories. The book is attrac- tively printed and illustrated. DOUG WALKER The struggle of life Photo bv Bill Grwnen One of the old comic masters by P. C. Marzio and Whiteside 322 pages. to Dec. Rube Goldberg studied engineering and mechanical drawing on the West rose to the rank of sports car- and. going higher and won a luxurious spot for himself on the comic page. For a score of years he in- cited millions to laughter and made no sense. for no good he reversed his lost his im- sank lower and and ended up as a serious political cartoonist. Nothing he accomplished in the political field will atone for his defection from the company of born comedians who make life bearable in a world of pain. His Foolish Questions. Phoney Films and famous Inventions in which he com- plicated the performance of the simplest act by a screw- ball burlesquing the machine age and the wasted energy of the poor boob who accumulates so much baggage for so short tt journey these things have done more to set the world straight than his efforts at political thinking. Like Bud Fisher and and Russ Wcstover the Goldberg started cartooning on the San Francisco Chronicle. Goldberg has a restless he is a quality much rarer than one is apt lo think. One day he had just fallen from the Flatiron with a dumb spectator you This was the beginning of his famous series of foolish questions. Question No. was 1 jump off this building every day to limber up for my He landed on the American. in 1924. we find him do- ing n big calor Boob is a helpless a pumpkin a foolish redhead. It is not a very interesting but the de- tails and backgrounds save it. People like the loony catchwords and phrases invent e d by Gu1d b e r g the and Ike. they look are all Goldberg originals The book covers Goldberg's troubled his move from humor to a serious daily com- ic his work as a political cartoonist ihe won a Puhlrer prize v and his love of humani- ty as portrayed m his sculp- tures in the autumn of his life. If you like the old comic masters of the Happy Hooligan you won't be disappointed by this wonder- ful book As for me. it's on my night table IVARCY RICHARD For football fans The Men of Professional edited by Doris Townsend of Ltd.. ll'j inches by Inches. 256 Anyone who doubts that prolession.'il lootball is of ab- sorbing interest almost a religion to millions of poo- pic in North America should examine this clnssv collection of articles ami photographs dealing with the I can imagine that the devotee might handle the book almost with reverence. Football is not my favorite that's why 1 elected to read this to find out why il holcl.N such a peculiar lascination for so ninny That question isn't ful- ly answered in my mind but I li.iv.' ii M.HV imnreeiation tor the game and the people in it The feature that most im- pressed after the ex- cellent was the article about third Hhe officials' written by Norm senior referee. There are chapters on the training the and the attitude of players to the game and beyond it. And for those who want to delve into the com- plexities of the all the vital positions are discussed in detail The claim made for the book on the jacket that it is 'the most exciting and penetrating football book ever is probably true. Not having read many football books 1 can't make any com- 1 only know that this one is enlightening. IXH'G WALKER THE VOICE OF ONE dr. FrankS. Morley The American character Tlie .n dee v'ter the hard -beat ars- resuit of Wssergste esEanr rtsslr icv such mar 3fc .t jnotHTact un- dtas outsc aawertful peapte who so -trp- TtoriffTs OIMfe. itnencan is qmxouc. jntt full of paradox- The ant 3iosc paerous of peaoifr to whom ssr ssic tinnss a avmpatbeuc sc bsve been monstrously cniei treacneit oi chfr and firms tiiat tiave takea aver CaEHia have Canadiaub- Ounaituit article of creed is faidi in. democniey. S Isas supported dictitorships ill wW Reganiinjg the Far for Mears wrote. 'The nwjor ss our pohcy-malung fur the Far tho tact that our government quite openly puts the assumed military and strategic needs of the U.S. ahead of the human needs of the people who live in the Another article of the American t-reed is faith in common but Mark Twain expressed a popular view when he said 'what a dull-witted slug the average human being Americans praise yet in America the social punishment for lack ol conformity is severe and results in un- popularity. The psychiatrist Erich Fromm has some frightening examples of the punish- ment inflicted on those who were thought to be on the Thus Americans preler to be called sinners rather than prodigals than and know-nothings than intellectuals. No one longs more than an American to be erudite and but the vulgarity in American conversation and literature is destructive of sensibility and decadent. One reason is that the melting pot theory tries to eliminate differences and since being different carries a social stigma. it is safer to sink to the vulgar level. No other nation is more more given lo making laws or going to court olten one hears. ought to be a yet no nation is less law-abiding or more violent. It would take a very reckless person to walk in an American city at night Americans believe thai every child should gel an but largely owing to Dewey and permissive like they are. compared with badly provincial in their un- itrammaUcal in their illiterate in their knowledge of ignorant of other ooumnes despite their even ignorant' oi their own. They boast of the fluidity ol their class but as Mills in the U.S. as Porter did in Canada pointed out the class structure is becoming rigid and even bureaucracy and position in labor unions is becoming a matter of inheritance and open to a closed circle. America hates nothing so much as im- building the Monroe Doctrine tol protect her from it. but the nation is the crea- tion ot imperialism. Manifest Destiny the relentless march westward Texas and California was imperialist. All American presidents and not only Teddy Koosevell have been suckled on the propaganda of Ma nan that when the U.S. ceased to be imperialist and to surge in warlike fashion across the Pacific the decline ol the U S. had begun. Even Woodrow most peace loving of found il necessary to invade Mexico. There is a great suspicion held by many people that the American campaign against British pcrialism was to a vacuum into which I lie U.S. could step. The U.S. is a proud nation believing that the greatest blessing on earth is to be an but no nation is more given to feel- ing their pulse or to self-criticism. If an. American were accused of a lack of a sense oC humor he would be deeply bul America is a very sad a deep melancholy running through the nation The American is doggedly optimistic and one of his magnificent characteristics is that he con- siders no situation as so that lo be pessimistic is bul few national literatures are gloomier than the American. In all the confusion and chaos of her politics und in all the paradoxes of her national there runs a dominant niotil which Scott Fitzgerald called willingness of the It is this quality more than any other which makes them run oil lu Germany to study glultonous- gobble go on mad make-- the most generous arid loyal trieno- 10 be found this side of Heaven Tin' of Lt APERTURE Environmentalists disperse I Dr. Chester Beatx. has been witfe tbt of Letabridge since He BA from Louisiana Stale in his MA from LSI' in ISO. and his PtD from ttw I'niversity of California. Berfcv-lo. tn His primary research iatsresi is geomarpttotojQi the land farms bul be has a resource As ric cc JT I irr TOV .aumiictj4 juovr woe r-jitc tVSW respectively 1 proportion en' public has it up to here vnrh hell JK eookvcicai hartdNiss-ev Ace I recce- untly conclude that iv-any jwocte ire oc tihr waiv.tr rcof is pious pi ot scarce resources. -VII wfeic that tie has probably run cut usetul have gtvwti much too to beimvin reports ot areactul kViKisiMts ot air. asc other ot poUutKxi that attlict many parts ox the earth Like PavUn 's renowned we figurauvely .vshvate at the proper be it a TV documentary on the carbon monoxide level in downtown Montreal or a photo of a pipe from an industrial plant dumping liquid garbage into a pristine western river Our heads nod obligingly when we're reminded of the amount ot rich agricultural land consumed each year by urban and we make appropriate sounds of sadness We go through the in because we've been conditioned perhaps overeonditioned to respond m a particular way whenever the threat ot environmental deterioration is put betore us And God knows we've and enough about that m recent years' As a nutter oi we've probably heard ami seen too much about environmental to such an extent that further begsnatng The tucursr a JL a ot apies Jtnvi LttipiweKteais- lane use pracuces. Ttie ujugh are potiticdt. ttwral in riacitre one btaiw w do wiih such matters as s in. basic tit'e s they to do of Use funviameatat cvasttutes the good And is anc with all of their scieauttc and answer that they can only provide the tools and techniques to make possible the achievement of 3 truly however we may choose to define it. So 1 would suggest to the dedicated en- vironmentalists that the time has come stop writing more and more boots and HI assume a lower in my field of endeavor represents a pretty useless expenditure of energy and the is already bruised and battered from barrage Environmentalist CM lead lo and m the state ol the is the greatest and most Sin. Needless anxiety By Doug Walker One day last summer Borys Gleb had a game ol golf with me and my cronies 1 learned from his wife recently that Borys ex- antinpd the editorial page with some apprehension for two or three weeks thereafter wondering 1 would write something about him. I'll bet poor. Borys ran his cerebral tapes over so many times for that period of his trying to ascertain if he had said anything of an incriminating that nothing is left on them now. The truth is that Horvs didn't realize who he was playing with until he was on the lltfc green and when it dawned on him that 1 was the writer of these fillers his game fell com- pletely apart and he quit on the next hole. HJs apprehension of what 1 might write was aU so unnecessary because he didn't do anythinj we duffers hadn't done before and he bore adversity with such equanimity that I wap moved to admiration. 1 guess 1 should have reported this befort and saved Borys the needless anxiety he paremly suffered.