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by Isabel Quigly

F"younger children, around 8-10. two I ively translations: Gunnel Linde's A Pony In the Luggage (Dent 18s.), about adventures in Copenhagen when you win a pony in a lottery and Lilo Arnd-Baumann's Let's be nice to Aunt Rosa (Harrap 15s.), a German story neatly given English names and settings about three bouncy children in a flat who hope that, by being nice to Aunt Rosa, they may get her house . . . and what she teaches them about that sort of niceness.

For younger ones still, there itre some good things: Barbara Euphan Todd, author qf the Worzel Gummidge books. has magic and realism mixed in The Shop on Wheels (World's Work 18s.). Dorothy Edwards' When my naughty little sister was good (Methuen 10s. 6d.) is another in what seems to me a flawless series—the kind of book, like the Pooh ones. that a small child takes at one level. an adult at another. both with equal enjoyment. Esther Ringner-Lundgren's Little Trulsa's birthday (Methuen Hs. 6d.) is another in the series about a family of trolls. Elizabeth Roberts' Simpey comes to stay (Methuen 10s. 6d.) is the second of the really recommendable series about a six-yearold boy and his 77-year-old grandmother, which describes an idyllic relationship between old and young in terms to suit a sixyear-old.

Finally there's the indefatigable Paddington. tried old favourite even if he's getting a bit repetitive. and in Paddington goes to Town (Collins 10s. 6d.) he's an usher at a wedding, no less. For addicts there are all the usual adventures, with Paddington coming out of them serene and polite and top of all misfortune, and the usual just-right pictures by Peggy Fortnum.

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