Playing and Reality by D.W. Winnicott: a collection of essays that explain the essence of playing and the influence of first experiences in infancy on human development

D.W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality Published 2005 by Routledge Classics (first published in 1971 by Tavistock Publications), 214p   Donald Woods Winnicott was one of the most influential personalities in the British psychoanalytical field, developing several theories that are still referred to even today. He died in 1971 after a 50-year long career as a… Continue reading Playing and Reality by D.W. Winnicott: a collection of essays that explain the essence of playing and the influence of first experiences in infancy on human development

Matisse’s Garden by Samantha Friedman, illustrated by Cristina Amodeo: an exploration of the artist’s final years dedicated to printmaking, paper cut-outs and “construction by means of colour”

Samantha Friedman, Matisse’s Garden. Illustrations by Cristina Amodeo. With reproductions of artworks by Henri Matisse Published 2014 by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 48p   One of the things that I hope I will manage to do in the near future is to visit The Museum of Modern Art in New York; I… Continue reading Matisse’s Garden by Samantha Friedman, illustrated by Cristina Amodeo: an exploration of the artist’s final years dedicated to printmaking, paper cut-outs and “construction by means of colour”

Louis I, King of the Sheep by Olivier Tallec: a smart, meditative story on how power changes identities and priorities and on how a good leader should not be

Olivier Tallec, Louis I, King of the Sheep Published 2015 by Enchanted Lion Books, 34p It was a nice coincidence how in the last couple of weeks, still very anchored in the Romanian political reality, still reading the news every day and revolting myself in front of my laptop, it happened to come across and… Continue reading Louis I, King of the Sheep by Olivier Tallec: a smart, meditative story on how power changes identities and priorities and on how a good leader should not be

The Tale of the Unknown Island by José Saramago: a thoughtful allegory on human existence and the significance of being a dreamer

José Saramago, The Tale of the Unknown Island. Illustrated by Peter Sis. Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa Published 1999 by Harcourt Brace & Company, 52p In 1998 José Saramago was awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature being considered a writer “who with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us… Continue reading The Tale of the Unknown Island by José Saramago: a thoughtful allegory on human existence and the significance of being a dreamer

The power of gardens in children’s picture books. A list of favourite titles

I’d like to preserve my daughter’s curiosity and to encourage her interest in the way the world works for as long as I could but on the other hand I want her to understand the force of nature and to realize its magnificence. Yesterday I was reading an article in the newspaper stating that the… Continue reading The power of gardens in children’s picture books. A list of favourite titles