Egret Readers.

A new series of school readers have recently been brought out by Macmillan Publishers. Known as the Egret Readers, they are all concerned with different topics about our environment. They look at such subjects as tree planting, soil erosion, the effects of smoking on health, disabilities, wildlife conservation, diarrhoea and marketing local crafts.

They are written, primarily, for school children as supplementary readers. Level 1 are for children in the upper levels of primary schools, and Level 2 are for children in the lower levels of secondary schools. Each book consists of an entertaining, well illustrated story, followed by exercises, practical follow-up activities and discussion.

However, because of their subject material, practical approach and relatively low cost, these readers would also be very helpful for use with women’s groups, health workers’ and farmers’ groups. At present eight readers are available. This figure is likely to rise to about 25 within a couple of years.

Available world-wide through Macmillan Distributors. For further information contact: Macmillan Publishers, Sales Department, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hants RG21 2XS, England.

Water for Rural Communities – Helping People Help Themselves By Briscoe and de Ferranti, 1988

This is a small book published by the World Bank which says that “it is the local people themselves, not those trying to help them, who have the most important role. The community itself must be the primary decision maker, the primary investor, the primary maintainer, the primary organiser and the primary overseer.” It is strongly recommended for anybody involved in the planning of water supply projects. This should be widely available in many countries.

If you have difficulty in obtaining it contact: World Bank, 1818 H Street, N.W. Washington DC 20433, USA. Reviewed by Richard Franceys