By Clare Simon HAS anyone got a poodle to spare? 1 admit it doesn't seem very likely, but Miche and Slyboots and 1 got a letter this morning from the mother of a boy called John who wants a poodle so much that he has already got a book on how to take care of it and has chosen a name for it.
John's mother tells me that John is 8, he has no brothers and sisters, and he has had asthma all his life. Because of this he is rather lonely, for asthma. as I expect you know, stops people running about much or playing games. The one thing John wants more than anything else is a poodle and, at long last, the doctor has said he may have one.
" But, of course." John's mother said, " as soon as I asked the price of poodles I found that they were at least 10 guineas, far more than we could possibly afford. So we wondered if Miche could help us? " I have had to tell John's mother that. of course, all Miche's puppies have gone by now and the hest I can do is to promise her one from her next family, which might be a very long time ahead. But miracles do happen and it's just possible that someone may have a poodle puppy (or something like a poodle) who wants a good home. I imagine that the smaller kind would be meroe welcome. ONE never gets tired of hearing some stories and my favourite one out of history is that of St. Joan of Arc. That's why I was pleased to see a new life of her by Nancy Wilson Ross. It is specially written not as a story but as history, so you can be sure that everything in it is true and that makes it all the more interesting. It has some nice illustrations and could he read by anyone over 10. It is published by Macdonald and costs 8s. 6d.
Another book, for rather older readers, which is also about history is "Costume," by James Laver. This describes in clear but expert language the different changes in fashion between A.D. 1000 and 1900, with lots of illustrations. Very useful for history exams, 1 should think, or for anyone getting up historical plays. It is published by Batsford at Ss. 6d.
There is another book in the same series for the same price, " Houses," by Edward Osmond.
AM very excited at the moment
because a friend of mine has just bought a Lambretta to whizz about on. The only trouble is we can't think of a good patron saint for it. St. Christopher, of course-the Lambretta is going to have a smart new St. Chistopher medal on its front. But St. Christopher can't know very much about the engines of Lambrettas and we need a really practical mechanical sort of saint. Any suggestions? Don't forget Lambrettas are Italian. Mr. Slyboots is going to try to learn how to ride on the Lambretta, but I don't think he'll be very good at it.