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 About Books   
Children can enjoy books at any age, and parents can help to encourage a lifelong love of reading for pleasure. Read notes about using books in English with younger and older children, and find links to useful websites with lots of tips and ideas to help you support your child at home.
sharing picture books
Every year thousands of children’s picture books are published in the UK. Native-speaker children have many opportunities to enjoy these picture books; there is no reason why young children learning English as an additional language should not enjoy them, too. Read notes about young children learning English through sharing picture books. You can also download these notes as a booklet.
books and older children and teenagers
As children get older they develop their own reading tastes. Find notes on choosing books for older children, and read how to help older children become lifelong readers. You'll also find links to useful web resources about books, reading and teenagers.
your favourite children's books

What is your favourite children's book? Read about the books that parents have chosen as their favourite books, and find links to websites related to your favourite

The right wine and the right food


Seafood with butter sauce, pasta with cream sauce, veal, chicken, turkey, ham


Mild cheeses, mussels, prawns, Asian dishes, sashimi, ham, pork, lobster, tandoori chicken

Sauvignon Blanc

Oysters, salmon, seafood salad, Irish stew, goats cheese and strongly flavoured cheese


Spicy dishes, Thai or Chinese food, curry, smoked salmon, pork and sauerkraut, onion tart, spiced/peppered cheese

Cabernet Sauvignon

Duck, spicy beef, pate, rabbit, roasts, spicy poultry, cheddar, blue cheese, sausage, kidneys

Pinot Noir

Braised chicken, cold duck, rabbit, roasted turkey, roasted beef, lamb, veal


Braised chicken, cold duck, roasted turkey or beef, lamb, veal, stew, liver, venison, meat casseroles


Braised chicken, chili , peppercorn steak, me
at stew, barbecued meat, spicy meats, garlic casserole, ratatouille


science fiction novel          Science fiction typically appeals to [supposedly plausible] extensions to existing scientific knowledge to explain that which occurs within the fabric of the story that would not be explained by the present understanding of science whilst fantasy novels traditionally appeal to "magic" or something of a similar form going by another name. The problem with this particular attempt at discriminating between the two is that, as Arthur C. Clarke has said "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".

I suppose the best way of answering this question is to divide it into three parts.

I believe that a science fiction novel is: a novel (i.e. an extended work of prose fiction with a coherent form and sufficient structure for it to be considered a cohesive whole whether it forms part of a larger work or not) which is concerned with events taking place under the action of and in the presence of some phenomena/objects which if they cannot be explained by the current state of science are explained within the framework of that novel or a larger work of which it comprises a component by certain extensions to what we currently considered to be science.








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