The Heart and the Bottle: an impressive story on loss, grief and denial of emotions

Oliver Jeffers, The Heart and the Bottle Published 2010 by HarperCollins, 32p   I think my fondness and admiration for Oliver Jeffers’ work is obvious now but his books continue to delight me. The Heart and the Bottle is sophisticated, bitter-sweet and heart-warming. I am not very convinced that Ema could really manage the metaphysical… Continue reading The Heart and the Bottle: an impressive story on loss, grief and denial of emotions

Professor Dan Ariely demonstrates how all people have a cheating behavior and how we all try to benefit from dishonesty without damaging the personal image

Dan Ariely, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves/ Adevarul (cinstit) despre necinste: Cum ii mintim pe toti – dar mai ales pe noi insine Published 2012 by HarperCollins, 286p   Why do we give up diets? Was the financial crisis the result of a dishonest human behavior? Can… Continue reading Professor Dan Ariely demonstrates how all people have a cheating behavior and how we all try to benefit from dishonesty without damaging the personal image

The Great Bear – a powerful story on individual freedom, respect and the myth of Ursa Major

Libby Gleeson, Armin Greder, The Great Bear Published 2010 by Walker Books (first published 1999 by Scholastic Australia), 40p   Based upon a dream Libby Gleeson had in 1995, The Great Bear is an intense story about an abused bear in a medieval circus somewhere in Europe, that has the courage to escape captivity. A… Continue reading The Great Bear – a powerful story on individual freedom, respect and the myth of Ursa Major

Swatch by Julia Denos is an exploration of the world through colours

Julia Denos, Swatch. The Girl Who Loved Color Published 2016 by by Balzer + Bray Together they made a masterpiece. It was raining and it was quite cold in Sydney when I began to read Julia Denos’ book to my daughter. However, as soon as we started to explore the magic of the book we… Continue reading Swatch by Julia Denos is an exploration of the world through colours

Children and their magical thinking. David Mackintosh brilliantly observes how children use imagination for personal development and as a utensil of their aspirations

David Mackintosh, Lucky Published 2014 by HarperCollins Children’s Books Imagination is one of the most powerful tools children have when dealing with reality, when trying to understand it and also during the process of including themselves in it. In order to be successful, they make suppositions or create contexts and everything that is new stimulates… Continue reading Children and their magical thinking. David Mackintosh brilliantly observes how children use imagination for personal development and as a utensil of their aspirations

Who sets the limit between real and fantastic? Is there any? Haruki Murakami plays again with imagination in his novella, The Strange Library

Haruki Murakami, The Strange Library Published 2014 by Harvill Secker (first published 2005), 88p   Ever since I was little my mother had told me, if you don’t know something, go to the library and look it up.   I still remember my excitement when I discovered Haruki Murakami and the pleasure of his texts.… Continue reading Who sets the limit between real and fantastic? Is there any? Haruki Murakami plays again with imagination in his novella, The Strange Library

A fi diferit nu inseamna a fi defect. Despre autism, perseverenta si o coplesitoare intensitate a trairilor in cartea Anei Dragu, Maini cuminti. Copilul meu autist

Ana Dragu, Maini cuminti. Copilul meu autist Published 2015 by Polirom Avea aproape 4 ani. Manca numai pamant si supa de taitei. Scrasnea incontinuu din dinti, l-am surprins de trei ori stergandu-se la gura cu pisica, repeta doar cateva cuvinte si nu suporta oamenii.   Unul dintre primele lucruri pe care le fac de fiecare… Continue reading A fi diferit nu inseamna a fi defect. Despre autism, perseverenta si o coplesitoare intensitate a trairilor in cartea Anei Dragu, Maini cuminti. Copilul meu autist