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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 March, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 March, 1993, 12:00am

THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS By James Fenimore Cooper This is one of the titles in the Ladybird Children's Classics series, which retell famous stories in simple language.

Adventure, battle and sudden death are all part of Fenimore Cooper's tale set in North America.

Written over 150 years ago, it is the story of a gallant Indian warrior and a fearless frontier-scout. (Read the book and then see the film, now showing in Hongkong.) (Longman. 51 pages. $26 hardcover) THE OXFORD-DUDEN PICTORIAL ENGLISH DICTIONARY There are certain kinds of information that can be conveyed more readily and clearly by pictures than by definitions and explanations alone.

It is, for instance, easier and clearer to describe the workings of an internal combustion engine with a picture than with a verbal description.

Each double page of the dictionary explains the vocabulary of a particular subject by means of a picture illustrating it.

Over 28,000 objects in science and medicine, the arts and leisure activities, industry and new technology are illustrated, making the book an essential complement to any dictionary of English.

(Oxford University Press. 820 pages.) READING TASKS By L. BENITEZ, et al A reading skills book for secondary students, it has texts covering a wide variety of stimulating topics, such as films, sport and health.

Pre-reading, comprehension and follow-up tasks help students to develop skills such as reading for specific information and reading in depth.

There are writing tasks on a theme linked to the main text, enabling students to use the language and vocabulary they have learnt. (Longman. 109 pages. $78) LONGMAN NEW JUNIOR ENGLISH DICTIONARY Targeted at Form 1 to 3 students, the dictionary is designed to help learners understand 7,500 commonly used words.

Each entry is followed by an example that tells the reader more about what a word means and how it is used in a sentence, and how to use them correctly.

Illustrations are included to help clarify meanings. (Longman. 320 pages. $70)