Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters To A Young Poet: pieces of advice for living a meaningful life

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters To A Young Poet. Translated by Joan M. Burnham Published 2000 by New World Library (first published 1929), 112p   I must admit that the voluntary social distancing to impede spread of the COVID-19 is not such a burden at the moment. I enjoy the time with my husband and my… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters To A Young Poet: pieces of advice for living a meaningful life

Emerald, The Green Turtle’s Tale: a tender picture book about a newly hatched green turtle’s first journey to sea and the perils this endangered species faces

Aleesah Darlison, Emerald. The Green Turtle’s Tale. Illustrated by Leanne White Published 2017 by Wild Eyed Press, 32p   Classified as endangered, the green turtles have to find their way and navigate to sea as soon as they hatch. Born on different beaches around the world, they have a fascinating story, traveling hundreds of kilometres,… Continue reading Emerald, The Green Turtle’s Tale: a tender picture book about a newly hatched green turtle’s first journey to sea and the perils this endangered species faces

Gecko by Raymond Huber and Brian Lovelock – an interesting introduction in the fascinating world of geckos

Raymond Huber, Brian Lovelock, Gecko Published 2017 by Walker Books, 30 pages   This lovely book reminded me of our first holiday in Australia. After days and days of researching to find a place to capture the Australian pristine nature, we decided to book a room on Fitzroy Island, a National Park where the Great… Continue reading Gecko by Raymond Huber and Brian Lovelock – an interesting introduction in the fascinating world of geckos

Shinsuke Yoshitake’s The Boring Book explores ennui, encouraging children to be curious and inventive

Shinsuke Yoshitake, The Boring Book Published 2019 by Chronicle Books, 40 p (Originally published in in Japan in 2017) “But no matter how bored you are, it’s up to you to make things fun.” Every time Ema tells me she’s bored, I pull out the even more bored face and slightly annoyed I answer I… Continue reading Shinsuke Yoshitake’s The Boring Book explores ennui, encouraging children to be curious and inventive

Heartbeat by Evan Turk: a tribute to whales, an inspiration to find peace and restore universal harmony

Evan Turk, Heartbeat Published 2018 by Atheneum Books For Young Readers, 50p Sounding like a lullaby, in few, melodic words, Heartbeat covers 200 years, telling the story of a whale witnessing the brutality of industrial whaling. We open the book to see a soft, crimson spot of colour: a heart beating. It is the heart… Continue reading Heartbeat by Evan Turk: a tribute to whales, an inspiration to find peace and restore universal harmony

Trick by Domenico Starnone: a story about perpective and vulnerability told through interaction between a grandfather and his four-year-old grandson

Domenico Starnone, Trick. Translated from the Italian by Jhumpa Lahiri Published by Europa Editions, 192p. In romana: Pacaleala, Editura Litera Domenico Starnone’s Trick is not a comfortable read. It captures three days in the life of Daniele Mallarico, a famous illustrator, now in his seventies, and Mario, his four-year-old grandson. What should probably have been… Continue reading Trick by Domenico Starnone: a story about perpective and vulnerability told through interaction between a grandfather and his four-year-old grandson

The Fate of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers: a modern fable about greed and self-destruction

Oliver Jeffers, The Fate of Fausto. A Printed Fable Published 2019 by Harper Collins Children’s Books, 96p   Oliver Jeffers’s The Fate of Fausto was my last book to read in 2019. I thought of the message and concluded it was not a random coincidence. Australia is burning; it hasn’t rained in months, we have… Continue reading The Fate of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers: a modern fable about greed and self-destruction