Delight In The Dullest Of Places

Delight In The Dullest Of Places

Democracy for children 

Deborah Chancellor
Confronted with the task of writing a series of children’s picture books on themes such as Democracy and Civic Pride, Deborah Chancellor was unsure how to make these attractive to a five-year-old readership. But then a walk with the dog and a hamster named Nigel came to the rescue.
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