Fans of some of the greatest films ever made need no longer scan the TV listings and set the video for the small hours. Warner World Cinema has launched a collection of 13 videos that seem likely to endure longer than the latest Hollywood ego-vehicle. Two pre-war Renoirs (La Grande Illusion and La Bete Humaine) are matched by some Godard from the sixties (including Alphaville) and three black comedies from Bu$uel. Kurosawa's epic Ran is linked with a documentary about its production. Some of the titles are marked PG, but there is plenty here to satisfy both the adolescent and the adult imaginations.
Videos from Warner World Cinema cost pound;12.99 each and are available in large video stores. Further titles are expected next year.
Those who think the RSPCA cares only for the larger and more cuddly of our fellow animals should look at its new resource pack, Focus on Minibeasts, which offers 24 colourful pages and a large poster for the classroom wall.
It pays affectionate attention to butterflies, bees, ants, worms, snails and even millipedes and woodlice. There are many suggested activities for primary children at key tages 1 and 2: investigating habitats, understanding metamorphosis, even designing your own fantasy creature. The emphasis is on bio-diversity and respect for living things, including those that wriggle and sting.
Focus on Minibeasts is free from Cath Laing, RSPCA Education, The Causeway, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1HG. E-mail: email@example.com www.rspca.org.uk In a world in which British children fight over Pokemon cards and children in Sierra Leone carry guns, the question of violence is not likely to go away. The Peace Pledge Union has produced a booklet, Saying No To Violence, which challenges both the representation of conflict and our belief in its efficacy. It's partly written for parents and teachers, providing background information and provocative ideas on subjects ranging from ethical investment to computerised war games. It also recommends a range of classroom activities that will enable children to reflect before they hit out.
Saying No To Violence is pound;9.99 from Peace Works, 41b Brecknock Road, London N7 0BT Tel: 020 7424 9444 Fax: 020 7482 6390 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ppu.org.uk TD