The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown: a classic picture book that illustrates the endless love and devotion of a mother

Margaret Wise Brown, The Runaway Bunny. Illustrated by Clement Hurd Published 2013 by HarperCollins Children’s Books. First published in US in 1942. 40p. In limba romana: Iepurasul care voia sa fuga de acasa, Editura Arthur Since I have started working in schools for children with special needs and schools for students that have behavior problems… Continue reading The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown: a classic picture book that illustrates the endless love and devotion of a mother

Published in 1936, The Story of Ferdinand written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson defied time and politics, becoming a classic of children’s literature

Munro Leaf, The Story of Ferdinand. Illustrated by Robert Lawson Published 2017 by Faber And Faber. First published in the US in 1936 by The Viking Press, 44p. In limba romana: Taurasul Ferdinand, Editura Arthur I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I first heard The Story of Ferdinand but it was certainly… Continue reading Published in 1936, The Story of Ferdinand written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson defied time and politics, becoming a classic of children’s literature

Little Whale by Jo Weaver: a tender story about the epic migration of grey whales and the strong connection between the mother and her calf

Jo Weaver, Little Whale Published 2018 by Hodder Children’s Books, 36p Gray whales have the longest migration known for a mammal. They travel almost 20,000 km every year, from south where they breed to the Arctic seas to reach their feeding grounds. It is a long, dangerous, exhausting journey, so beautifully captured by Jo Weaver… Continue reading Little Whale by Jo Weaver: a tender story about the epic migration of grey whales and the strong connection between the mother and her calf

Anthony Browne’s King Kong makes you see beauty in ugliness and feel empathy for the antihero

Anthony Browne’s King Kong. From the Story Conceived by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper Published 2005 by Picture Corgi, 96p (first published 1994 by Julia MacRae, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)   “It was Beauty that killed the Beast!” Anthony Browne has a distinct and sophisticated style; his representations of the world… Continue reading Anthony Browne’s King Kong makes you see beauty in ugliness and feel empathy for the antihero

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang: a tender story about dreams, parental love and the journeys we make in life to achieve happiness

Sun-mi Hwang, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly. Translated by Chi-Young Kim. Illustrations by Nomoco Published 2014 by Oneworld Publications, 144p (first published 2000). In limba romana: Gainusa care voia sa zboare, EdituraArthur, 2016   It’s funny how usually we disconsider hens, blaming them for being too dull and too simplistic in their existence.… Continue reading The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang: a tender story about dreams, parental love and the journeys we make in life to achieve happiness

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

Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith: a hilarious story that reminds each Mortimer in us to enjoy the small things

Jory John, Penguin Problems. Illustrated by Lane Smith Published 2016 by Walker Books, 32p   Mortimer is a young penguin living in Antarctica, the source of his biggest problems. “It’s too early”, “My beak is cold”, “The sun is too bright here”, “It snows too much”, “I’m hungry”, “I don’t like being hunted”, “I wish… Continue reading Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith: a hilarious story that reminds each Mortimer in us to enjoy the small things