Page 6, 21st December 1973

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Cities in the March of Civilization by Barbara Hahenstreit (Collins £1.95) Meteorology by Heinz Wachter (Collins £1.95)

The Look-it-up Book of Birds by Elizabeth and Oliver Austin (Collins £1.75)

The Look-it-up Book of Space by Maurice Allward (Collins f.1.75).

Fables of Leonardo de Vinci by Bruno Nardini (Collins


There was a time, not so long ago, when children's hooks were either "goodie-goodie" novels or a collection of facts displayed in an uninteresting manner under the title "Educational". At least, so it seemed to me when I was a child.

The reviewer fortunate enough to receive these books could not hold those views for a moment more. They combine excellent illustrations in beautiful colour with stimulating texts presented in a most readable fashion. What is more, there arc so very Few inaccuracies that they can be recommended on every account.

Barbara Habenstreit's Cities in the March of Civilization is a far better hook than its overlong title suggests. In particular, its section on planned cities is a brilliant distillation of presentday town planning ideas. Meteorology is a study of the science which eluded me during two years of study, but which becomes crystal clear upon one reading in this presentation. The Look-it-Up Book of Space and The Look-It-Up Book of Birds are a complete A-Z of these subjects. The bird book is the more readable as the space book is a little dry being in fact little more an illustrated encyclopaedia.

Fables of Leonardo da Vinci is almost beyond description. Any parents who wish to introduce their child to perhaps the greatest genius of all time should choose this book.

J. H. B.

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