A READER IS ANSWERED
By OTTO HERSCHAN
NOT so sing ago a reader wrote to the CATHOLIC HERALD asking for an adventure book suitable for boys and yet Carbolic. Here is the answer FINGAL'S QUEST. by Madeleine A. Polland, illustrated by W. T. Mars (Clarion Books, Burns Oates, 13s. 6d.). This is the story of Fingal, who stowed away on a ship to France to join his master Columban in an attempt to bring Christianity back to pagan France.
Refreshingly, we are not introduced to Fingal and Columban as saints, hut as real people. and this is important to the young reader. The word "saint" so often makes him or her feel that the person never existed, that they could never be like them, only try to think of them in relation to their good works. This book is certainly Catholic, hut it is also adventure with a capital "A".
THANKS TO TREES, by Irma E. Webber (World's Work, 10s. 6d.). So‘me publishers have a particular aptitude for producing books which are not only amusing and interesting but also instructive; one such is World's Work. and this latest volume is one of great interest to boys and girls. It is simply written and illustrated. It is full of information about the leaves at trees. the harks, what is made from trees. how they grow. a description of various parts of . trees and anything in fact that the young mind might require to know about tice.. in general, but it is %% linen in such an amusing way is to make the child unaware of the fact that he or she is learning as well as enjoying himself. For 7-10-year-olds.
y AND I SUSPECT, many -1-9 children. have a weakness for a white stallion. This weakness is pandered. to by Rend Cruillot in his latest hook THE WILD WHITE STALLION (George Harrel), 10s. (c1.). Falk° is a fisherman's son, and he is told by the ranger who has been unseated by the white stallion. whose name is White Crest, that he can have him if he can get him, and so Falko, who has known White Crest as a foal. manages to throw a lasso around the stallion's neck. and. dragged across the mud holds on until he captures the white stallion:
All youngsters who enjoy a horse story will revel in this tale set in the Camargue region of Southern France, near the end of the river Rhone. where there are still herds of wild horses roaming unfenced pastures. The hoek is illustrated by Jean Resehofsky in a very exciting and colourful way. At the price this is excellent value.
HISTORY is so often considered a dull subject. only to be taken at the school desk and then with some reluctance, Harrap the publishers have. however, had the idea of producing books for children which would interest them both because of the subjects chosen and the way they were presented.
The series is "He went with . . ." The latest volume is "He Went with Champlain" by Louise Andrews Kent (9s. 6d.). This is the biography of the first Governor of French Canada, the founder of its white settlement. Samuel de Champlain. This man was one of the great adventurers of history and this
YOU PROVE IT by Colin Morris, St. Martin's Theatre.
RONALD SHINER and Those Hird are masters at extracting comedy from the most banal situations, but in "You Prove It" even they fail. The only funny thing about the play is that it is des
cribed as a comedy. 0.H. book is an exciting story of exploring in Canada.
It can be recommended to any boy or girl between the ages of 10 and 14 and quite unaware of it they will absorb a great deal of history whilst they are enjoying a jolly good yarn at the same time.
Missionary work at this time is also dealt with in this book and it is interesting to know the work done by the missionary priests such as Fr. Brebeun. Age 10-14.
THE CASE OF THE MISSING M ASTER, by Stephen Mogridge (Nelson, 4s. W.).
This is a mystery story of the sudden disappearance of Mr. Forbes. a history master in Cologne. There are all sorts of intrigues, and Donald and Robert, two boys with a scooter, try and solve these mysteries in their own way. 'the book is suitable for those between the ages of 10 and 14.
ANOTHER factual book from World's Work is WHAT IS INSIDE?, by May Garelick, 8s. 6d. This is a factual photographical documentary account of the birth and first days of a baby goose. It has a simple text with each picture which explains how the little goose comes from a big white egg. It is fascinating to watch the progress picture by picture. and it will give a clear and precise answer to the enquiry "How is a bird born?" Age 7-10.
MA RG A R El STANLEYWRENCH has written a readable life of St. Thomas More THE STORY OF THOMAS MORE (11s. 6d.). The book is intended for those of 11 years and upwards, and will give them an insight and appreciation of one of the great men of English history. 'the book is illustrated and will, one hopes, he recommended to many young readers. (Methuen.)