Oliver Jeffers’ creative definition of ownership

Oliver Jeffers, This Moose Belongs to Me Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books, 2012, 36p   I am fascinated with picture books and the way talented artists embrace the fundamental controversies in our lives. I also find great delight in children’s spontaneity in accepting unfamiliar situations and finding amusement in all absurdities. As I have… Continue reading Oliver Jeffers’ creative definition of ownership

Erich Fromm’s beautiful perspective on love and human nature

Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving/ Arta de a iubi Published 2006 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published 1956), 192p   Erich Fromm was both a philosopher and a psychoanalyst so his approach to love is not by creating an easy manual of how to achieve happiness through love but an analysis of the human… Continue reading Erich Fromm’s beautiful perspective on love and human nature

The Giving Tree: a delicate story on unconditional love

Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree/ Copacul cel darnic Published 1964 by HarperCollins Publishers, 64p   The Giving Tree was written more than 50 years ago and it continues to be one of the best sold books. Both for children and grown-ups the book is a philosophical approach on unconditional love, a debate on the maternal… Continue reading The Giving Tree: a delicate story on unconditional love

Salina Yoon’s recent book praises individuality and speaks about emotional intelligence and friendship

Salina Yoon, Be a Friend Published 2016 by Bloomsbury, 40p   There is a certain skillfulness and agility that children prove when adapting and connecting to the world but the sense of belonging and the need of building unique personalities develop in time along with effort. Salina Yoon moved from Korea to America when she… Continue reading Salina Yoon’s recent book praises individuality and speaks about emotional intelligence and friendship

On children’s loneliness and the healing power of their imagination

Guojing, The Only Child Published 2015 by Schwartz & Wade, 112p   I might have already said it but I love graphic novels and I think they already made their way into the literary cannon. The challenge of discussing not only words but also visual details creates a complex bonding with the story and reveals… Continue reading On children’s loneliness and the healing power of their imagination

A portrait of real John Lennon and his opinions on life, world, art and meditation revealed in a collection of his letters edited by Hunter Davies

The John Lennon Letters, edited and with an introduction by Hunter Davies Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London (first published 2012 by Little, Brown and Company), 400p   The reaction of John Lennon to most things, whether joy or anger, fear or loathing, fun or fury, was to write it down. He responded with words, not just… Continue reading A portrait of real John Lennon and his opinions on life, world, art and meditation revealed in a collection of his letters edited by Hunter Davies

David Litchfield celebrates music and human connection is his first picture book, The Bear and the Piano

David Litchfield, The Bear and the Piano Published 2015 by Frances Lincoln, 40p     Music is one of the most profound arts and its effects on our soul and mind are utterly powerful. It speaks a universal language and beautiful sounds can melt all hearts. David Litchfield tells a story about such powerful music… Continue reading David Litchfield celebrates music and human connection is his first picture book, The Bear and the Piano