Finding Winnie: The story of the real bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Lindsay Mattick, Finding Winnie: The story of the real bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall Published 2015 by Orchard, 54p   Winnie-the-Pooh created by A.A. Milne is probably the most famous bear in the world. What is less known is that before Winnie-the-Pooh there was a real bear that became Milne’s inspiration for… Continue reading Finding Winnie: The story of the real bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Maya Angelou on living a meaningful life, having ideals and the courage to be oneself

Maya Angelou, Letter to my Daughter Published 2008 by Random House, 166p   Maya Angelou addresses all daughters she had never had but whom she considers her extended family: I gave birth to one child, a son, but I have thousands of daughters. You are Black and White, Jewish and Muslim, Asia, Spanish-speaking, Native American and… Continue reading Maya Angelou on living a meaningful life, having ideals and the courage to be oneself

The Lion and the Bird: a sentimental story that explores our need for connection and praises loyalty and honest friendship

Marianne Dubuc, The Lion and the Bird. Translated by Sarah Ardizzone Printed 2015 by Book Island (first published 2013 by Enchanted Lion Books), 64p   When I read a story to my daughter she sits next to me, following the pictures, my face expressions and the inflections of my voice. She sometimes interrupts asking questions… Continue reading The Lion and the Bird: a sentimental story that explores our need for connection and praises loyalty and honest friendship

Salvador Dali: a surrealist in art and in his own life. Catherine Ingram and Andrew Rae explore Dali’s eccentricities, artistic tendencies and personal struggles in an engaging biography

Catherine Ingram, This is Dali. Illustrations by Andrew Rae Published 2014 by Laurence King Publishing, 80p   Salvador Dali was an eccentric, an unconventional man both in his art and personal life style. Every morning upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali, and I ask myself, wonderstruck, what prodigious thing… Continue reading Salvador Dali: a surrealist in art and in his own life. Catherine Ingram and Andrew Rae explore Dali’s eccentricities, artistic tendencies and personal struggles in an engaging biography

A man’s home is his castle. Carson Ellis gorgeously illustrates the many possibilities a home can be in a book that wonders about architecture and environments

Carson Ellis, Home Printed 2015 by Candlewick Press, 40p   What is a home if not a definition of ourselves? We decorate our places to make them cozy and representative. We like to travel and explore new places but there is always a feeling of peacefulness and belonging when returning home. And home can mean… Continue reading A man’s home is his castle. Carson Ellis gorgeously illustrates the many possibilities a home can be in a book that wonders about architecture and environments

How to celebrate words unless transforming them into stories? Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman select 13 words for an extravagant journey and a chic definition of life style

Lemony Snicket, 13 Words. Illustrated by Maira Kalman Published 2010 by HarperCollins, 40p   Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman elegantly demonstrate that we live in a world of words that connect themselves unexpectedly, creating unpredicted possibilities. There are connections between birds and hats, between goats and convertibles and even between a baby and a haberdashery.… Continue reading How to celebrate words unless transforming them into stories? Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman select 13 words for an extravagant journey and a chic definition of life style

How do you answer when children ask where babies come from? Sophie Blackall has the answer and it is both accurate and amusing

Sophie Blackall, The Baby Tree Published 2014 by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, 40p   Every family is slightly different, but every single baby begins with a sperm and an egg.   Sooner or later each adult has to give an answer to children’s famous question: Where do babies come from? My… Continue reading How do you answer when children ask where babies come from? Sophie Blackall has the answer and it is both accurate and amusing