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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta This leads to Lake by franz Berliner Canada 124 Danish Franz has written an interesting book about one family's summer adventures. Two of the boys go .camping on an island while the rest of the Hothead family enjoy themselves at home. The author's interest in outdoor living and his love for children are shown in the convincing way he tells his story. It's regrettable that his characters occasionally use very coarse language. Students in the upper elemen- tary grades may this book. TERRY IS Sporting by James Aldridge. Brown and Co. 206 James Aldridge has penned a girl boy horse story worthy of the finest Walt Disney tradition. Set in a small Australia young Scott Pirie and Josie Eyre find themselves in an intrigu- ing court room deciding whether a small Welsh pony is really or His horse or that is the question. It is a tru- ly pleasant that any 12- 15 year old will thoroughly en- the original live on an isolated mountain top. They are visited once a year by their bank manager who brings with him a bar of a year's supply of the Farmer's Monthly and a cake from Mrs. Bank Manager wrapped up in an old Sunday newspaper. One reading in the Sunday paper about the pollu- tion of Mr. Noah realizes that there is about to be a second flood. He dusts his ancient papyrus plans and begins to build an but as launching day approaches remarkably few animals have arrived to claim a place. Where are they The en- as the ark' sets off across the rising the bitter sweet poignany of memorable story. This witty hilariously as well as will appeal to readers of all ages and would make a. welcome Christmas gift. CHRIS STEWART joy. GARRY ALLISON Noah and the Second by Sheila il- lustrated by Michael Foreman and 63 Mr. and Mrs. sup- posedly true descendants of and Their by Helga Menzel- Tettenborn and Gunther Radtke and Distributed by George J. 318 Do you want to please that student with a truly unique gift this Give him a copy of this incredibly beautiful book. The understandable to any are complemented by a text presented in an easily under- standable manner. Saying the book is beautiful is the understatement of the year. There are 500 293 of which are in gorgeous color. They range from a lion in a to and a Rhino at the foot of ma- jestic Kilimanjaro. the Books for older Books by the patron in the Cane of the Viking 243 Black 218 la the 107 all by Farley Mowat and published by McClellawl Stewart in paperback This package of juvenile fare would be a treasure for any boy with an adventurous spirit. The first two books recount the adventures of a trio of teen-age boys a Cree an Eskimo and a white boy in the Barrens. In the second book the Indian's sister joins the boys. Mowat imparts to these stories an authentic flavor derived from his own intimate knowledge of the land and its inhabitants. He even manages another plug for the unjustly maligned wolf. .There is a curious dis- crepancy between the two books which a perceptive young reader is bound to detect if reads the two books in auick In the first book the Eskimo boy's father died when he was four while in the second the father died before the boy was born. Black Joke is a sea story in which the author is able to use his extensive knowledge of Newfoundland and the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon. Following a somewhat confus- ing opening it develops into a rousing adventure story. The fourth book is of a different genre. It recounts the true stories of Farley Mowat's pet Wol and when he was a boy in Saskatoon. These are delight- ful stories good for read- aloud sessions in the family as we discovered one summer several years ago. the zany dog hero of The Dog That Wouldn't is part of the cast in this too. The publisher deserves praise for producing these four books in such attractive and inexpensive editions. nntir. WAI.ITIPB Photo by Judi Walker over-all best in the in my opinion is a full page color portrait of a koala bear. The in the title is all encompassing. Besides the animals one readily thinks the book includes glimpses into the life of the the sharks and lizards. Each animal is analysed in thumbnail giving details concerning .birth and some oddities about the sub- ject. The one dark note about the book is not the fault of the authors but of man himself it is the recurring theme of animals on the near extinction or extremely rare. Maybe a book like this is what the poison bait advocates and the coyote hunters need for Christmas. GARRY ALLISON Greek by L. S. Hyde Irwin Company 250 This is an excellent selec- tion of Greek myths that have for centuries inspired painters and sculptors. A knowledge of these myths is particularly helpful to a clear understanding of literature and the arts and should be read to children as stories and perhaps in later years they will come to appreciate them as the embodiment of great truths. GERTA PATSON. Milte's by Jerome Brooks Whiteside 226 Eleven year old Pudge son of divorced but still fighting endures great hardships. Hfs beloved sister dies an un- pleasant and some teasing classmates make school a miserable ex- and his mother marries a local schoolteacher. It's quite a burden for a young boy to carry but Pudge gains self confidence and emotional support from his uncle. A very and well written book that is marred when the author allows one insignificant character to use a particular- ly foul expression. Upper elementary students should enjoy this story provided they have the emotional maturity to cope with the depressing events that happen to a boy and his family. TERRY MORRIS by by R. D. Syntom. Canada 181 In a drastic departure from his recent Where Wagons the late R. D Symons relates two legends concerning the Indians and Eskimos. While this is not the type of writing you may be used to from with those enjoyable yarns of his it is an interesting book. The first The Garden SaraaghU by Pirtap Sterna Cua4a Kalu a poor young weaver fell in love with the most beautiful maiden in her village and also the daughter of a rich and powerful man. The story of Kalu's love for Surangihi is the framework for this book of tales around which many other tales in the proposed story-telling contest are woven. Young people may want to read this book over and over again and find refreshing and amusing obser- vations on human nature in it. The unpredictable climax of the story and the exquisite drawings based on classical Indian motifs will be an enchanting surprise to every reader. GERTA PATSON the by Crosby and 32 dis- tributed by Fitzhenry One in a series of early Can books for beginn- ing Mine's the Best is a delightful little story with which small people big ones can easily identify. Two boys meeting on a beach argue about whose balloon is better. True to they final- ly become bosom friends over a mutual a ELSPETH WALKER Yaga's Geese other Russian by B. Carey Whiteside 128 Children will enjoy reading the folktales and fairy- tales that have been selected for this book as they are not too long. These tales have been passed on for many generations by word of mouth and the book has a special sec- tion of riddles. Works of writers have been included and the folktales and depict human nature and their weaknesses with irony and many have a moral point. The struggle between good and evil and negative traits like greed or cowardice are emphasized and the excellent transliteration of the Russian words and names and the delightful illustrations by Guy Fleming add further highlights to this perfect book. GERTA PATSON Butterfly Ball awl the Grasshopper's by Alas Aldridge awl William Plainer Irwta tt Company M The 28 full-page color plates of this children's book are most intricately detailed and almost irridescent with color. Poems accompany each pic- ture and describe the scene. Old-fashioned in appearance and the book is bas- ed on a party held by the butterflies and grasshoppers one summer day in England. They invited all sorts of. weird and wonderful creatures moles. The invitation indicated that dress is and hornets and are requested to leave their stings at At the back of the book are several pages of scholarly descriptions of near- ly 40 of the prepared by naturalist Richard Fitter. ELSPETH WALKER Magic An Eskimo by James Houston. Canada 38 Fly with the beautiful snow into the land of Eskimo myth. This enjoyable tale of human ravens and passenger-carrying fish will not only thrill the young readers but will also acquaint them with hero of numerous Eskimo legends. The younger the the more enjoyable the tale will as they still have the freedom of their unjumbled by the reality of the world. GARRY ALLISON the by Mark with il- lustration by Graham Booth distributed by McClellaad aid Stewart Children will probably enjoy this brightly illustrated story of a small adventurous boy and his blue Laird Angus as they set out to find uncharted seas. Built ap- parently for rugged use in a the book has specially stitched and chemically treated hard bindings which may account in part for its high price. ELSPETH WALKER A to Z No-Cook by Felipe Rojas- Lorabardi 54 This is an attractive book designed to encourage children to feel at home in the kitchen. They are challenged to try good-tasting and eye-appealing recipes which are sharp hot boiling Unless Mom wants to be con- stantly consulted for transla- tion and interpretation this book should be reserved for children who are reasonably adept at reading. There are recipes under each letter of the for Muimbir LITHBMDOIHIRAUO-I Children's magazine pablished neattty except Jvyi by Oaea Ceart PiUlshfac Bex La DlkMto year swweriatiM la Casoda first ISSM M The senior editor of this new literary magazine for children six to 12 is Clifton well-known editor and host of Information Please. After a lifetime of involve- ment with adult literary endeavors Faldiman turned to children's literature and found it so satisfying that he has devoted the remainder of his life to studying it. Convinced that the first few years after a child has learned to read are very and dis- enchanted with the tawdriness of some of the current liter- ature produced for young he gladly joined forces with Blouke and Mariana experts in children's to produce a magazine of impeccable literary standards. Two words provide direc- tives for the quali- ty and delight. Good activities and contests are included. A delightful sense of humor certainly seems evident in the first issue. Families are encourag- ed to read parts of the magazine together. The subscription cost may seem high but the binding is better than that of most the paper is of good the illustrations are original. Parents who care what their children read might like to explore Cricket with their youngsers. ELSPETH WALKER Books for young children snacks and punch. Each one is delightfully by Dorothy a well-known author and illustrator of children's books. Watercolor- type pictures not only make the culinary product look they tell the cook exactly what is required for ingredients and equipment. This book will add the essen- tial element of to the art of meal preparation for young people a good choice for the grandparent's Christ- mas list. ELSPETH WALKER Play and Cook by Marguerite Pattern Collins Sons and Co. 48 Young Canada9s book week is topped by the second yarn concerning a youngster in the In the Sign of These myths would make interesting reading for the intermediate rea'der but adults might take a look at them too. GARRY ALLISON the wide world by Manfred Bachmann and Claus Irwin Company 246 This book should be con- sidered for someone precious to give as a luxurious gift this Christmas. With the wonder- ful photo illustration and the exquisite drawings and easy to follow text the book endeavours to outline the history and development of the doll from crude homemade playthings used by primitive tribes to the technically sophisticated dolls of the civilized.world. Questions dealing with the paternal system of where the doll was used to in- stil or the teaching of social order of rank are elaborated on and insight is provided as to the history of fashion and the changing ideas of beauty and ideals of feminine culture of many epochs. Whether young or old this book will delight and also satisfy those who search for enlightenment. GERTA PATSON. by W. J. L. Gib- text by Philip co ordination by Ian H. Frew 11V x soft hard 127 Designed primarily as a souvenir for visitor's to Canada's this book.would also serve as a useful reference for students .in school. The text at the covering the various aspects of parliamentary is succinct. The colored with ex- planatory are superb. The price is surprisingly low. DOUG WALKER nf io Prairie Bay's Paiatiags aad stary by William Karelek 4ft William Kurelek was re- quested to do a about his childhood on the prairies. A Prairie Boy's Winter is his The story centres around 20 paintings of activities familiar to many farm rais- ed children of the thirties. Thejraireinot all pretty or plea- sant pictures. The snow scenes make one the blizzard chills one to the bone. But there are of boys playing hockey with makeshift sticks and shin of skiing behind the hayrack and of games of fox and geese in the snowy fields. .Familiar farm activities are portrayed also hauling watering stacking hay. The frontispiece of the book says it is everyone who ever spent a winter on the prairies and for all the others who wonder what it was It is essen- tially a book for children but may be better appreciated by adults. William Kurelek seems suddenly to have been recognized as a painter after a rather tumultuous youth of a Ukrainian immigrant and not so successful and a problem beset adulthood culminating in effective psychiatric treat- ment and conversion to Roman His Christian leanings now tempt him to paint only religious themes very depressing but in order to provide a living for his family he does things like A Prairie Boy's Winter. Kurelek is a Canadian whose work will give pleasure but some of his paintings will also give cause for second thoughts. A Prairie Boy's Winter will be a popular Christmas present for youngsters .but it may be even better for older folk -whose memories crave the luxury of colorful recollec- tion. ELSPETH WALKER Sports Stories edited by Irving T. Marsh awl Edward Ehre P. Dutton Ml dls- trlbated by Irwta Co. LM.K Those who are familiar with this annual collection of top sports stories will not need a review to send them off look- ing for this edition. In the year of these there was the Canada-Russia hockey series and the Olympic Games in Munich to add to the regular sports fare and these events are covered. It was also the year in which Jackie Robinson died and there is a piece about his funeral. If anything is missing it is a really funny story as has usually graced previous an- nual collections. Lion of Boaz-Jachia by Riisell Hohu Irwin 192 This is a fantasy in which the main Jachin- Boaz and his son Boaz-Jachin search for a lion. It was not a real lion that was found but it was real enough to JB and the i finding of it restored him to sanity. A close reading is required in order to understand what Russell Hohan is trying to get across GREG KOVACS Another colorful cookbook for this one com- bines a family story with basic recipes for appetizing things like fluffy welsh sausage jelly rainbow cheese boats and iced lollies. The pictures are bright and the directions ex- plicit. Unlike the cook this one requires an adult to hover nearby to cope with the hot stove and the .sharp knife. Created in it employs a few British terms for basin for boiling ring for heating which will require some interpretation for the Cana- dian child. ELSPETH WALKER Dogs Spotty Dogs Shaggy Spotty by Seymour Leichman Brace distributed by Longman Canada 26 The rhymes that go along with the splashy pictures of a great variety of dogs may be fun for children to read but the black paintings on dark khaki colored paper are not very eye-appealing. .The price seems high for so little. ELSPETH WALKER this ;