4th August 1995 at 01:00
KIDS IN LEICESTER. This colourful booklet containing mazes, colouring-in, quizzes, city trails and word puzzles encourages five to 10-year-olds to join Carnival Cat, Mousey and Filbert Fox in a magical tour of the city. It tells them about the Rutland Dinosaur, Egyptian relics and Roman mosaics in local museums and introduces them to Leicester's history, sport, leisure and such festivals as Diwali, Chinese New Year, and the Caribbean Carnival. It costs 50p from tourist information centres.


This report, written by Dr Ken Fisher and Dr Laverne Pearson of the School of Education and Health Studies at Bolton Institute, costs Pounds 3 from Karen Barton, Bolton Institute, Chadwick Street, Bolton BL2 1JW (please make cheques payable to Bolton Institute).


A lot of action in Dickens' novels takes place in Southwark where he lived as a boy. Much of Little Dorrit, for example, is set in the Marshalsea Prison, where Dickens' parents were incarcerated, and the steps between London Bridge and Southwark Cathedral where Nancy and Mr Brownlow had their fateful meeting are now known as "Nancy's Steps". Southwark's Library Service has updated a 20-year-old leaflet which allows the literary pilgrim to travel through the area using Dickens' own words as a guide. Pounds 2.50 from Southwark libraries.


The RHB 11-15 Club has a lively magazine featuring books from classic fiction such as Anna Sewell's Black Beauty, popular modern titles such as Robert Swindells' Stone Cold, and reference books such as the the Factbook of British History and GCSE Survival Guide. Schools get back 20 per cent of the value of each of their orders in free books (or 10 per cent in cash) and a set of 12 Shakespeare: The Animated Tales videos free with all first orders of Pounds 50 or more. Details: David Harsant, 01993 708225.

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