by MAUREEN VINCENT
Books small and light enough to pack w ith the holiday clothes or to carry in a pocket are always in demand around holiday time, whether for adults or younger fry.
For the very youngest members of the family. the Little Jean books by L. and P. Chetwynd (Roger Schlesinger 50p each), although in hardback, arc so small and light that they' will tuck into the most crowded handbag for diversion on train or car journeys.
In Little Jean and the Bishop, for example, Jean demonstrates that she is not at all a good and obedient child, which will no doubt prove an eminently satisfactory state of affairs for those to whom the book may be read. The books are charmingly illustrated.
Two new titles in the Ladybird Leaders series deal with Living Things and The Tree and its World (18p each). These are wed up to the usual high Ladybird standard of text and illustration. and represent great salue for money. If you have an Asterix fan in the family — and they come at all ages — Asterix in Spain (a Knight paperback 35p) is bound to get a warm welcome.
Snoopy is another character who needs little introduction. Knight has just brought out Snoopy on Stage and The Peanuts Season (45p each). Snoopy is even more entertaining in full colour. Buy these for the children and see if you can resist reading them yourself. Stories about horses abound, but the demand for them appears to be insatiable. Knight has three new paperbacks (40p each) which will prove popular with boys and girls. The Island Stallion's Fury and The Black Stallion are both by Walter Farley, well written, fastmoving adventures. written with an understanding of both horses and boys.
Society and Sanity by F. J. Sheed (Sheed and Ward £1 85) Spiral of Violence by Heider Camara (Sheed and Ward 75p)
This well-known book by F. J. Sheed should certainly not be allowed to go out of print, and its publishers have done a good service in re-issuing it in this new series of "Prayer and Practice ." It sets out with remarkable clarity the Christian view of the nature of man and the principles governing marriage, family and the State.
In the. opening chapter the author explains the title of the hook; "Sanity means seeing what is livirg in the reality of things."
"You cannot intelligently decide." he says "how anything should be treated until you are quite clear what the thing is." The book is full of common sense without being in any way superficial or jejune. Helder Camara's book opens with an introduction by Brian Darling giving a brief-outline of the life. career and character of Archbishop Helder Camara, whom he asserts is "more a prophet than either a politician or theologian."
The rest of the book is devoted to an impassioned appeal for justice and peace in countries where there is such a
lack of them. MN