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This is a great book for adults and children to share together. And if older children want to try some of the experiments on their own, don't worry about the 'irresponsible' of the title – there's very little real danger contained in these pages. The 120 experiments are easily carried out in your kitchen (or messier ones in the garden!). Bits and bobs needed can usually be found around the house. Some of the experiments you may have seen before, and some have the power to astonish the most jaded mum or dad.


And, of course, as well as the fun and delight we all had with our Magic Circle,  we all learned about water tension.

This book would make an excellent gift for any child starting to show an enthusiasm for science, or, indeed, for whizzes, bangs, pops and 'magic'.

The book is available in bookshops and online here.



First published in 1986, The Bilingual Family has provided thousands of parents with the information and advice they need to make informed decisions about what language policy to adopt with their children. This second edition contains updated references and new entries to the alphabetical reference guide.


The book can be found for purchase here.


This book helps parents in both monolingual and multilingual families determine and achieve their bilingual goals for their child, whether those goals are understanding others, the ability to speak a second language, reading and/or writing in two languages, or some combination of all of these. The authors ex - plain how the brain learns more than one language, explode common myths, address frequently asked questions, and reveal an array of resources available to families. 

The book can be purchased here.



Written in a very reader-friendly style, the book is a practical introduction for parents and teachers to bilingualism. Straightforward and realistic answers are given to a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions about bilingualism and bilingual education. Areas covered include family, language, culture, identity, reading, writing, schooling and issues.


The book can be found here.



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