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

Patti Smith: M Train – an elegant, poetic memoir discussing love, loss, art and the small pleasures of life

Patti Smith, M Train Published 2016 by Bloomsbury (first published in 2015), 280p. In limba romana: Trenul M, Editura Polirom   I fell in love with Patti Smith’s writing while reading Just Kids. She’s gifted, profound and beautifully sincere. And it seems we share the love for coffee, Haruki Murakami and detective shows; she will… Continue reading Patti Smith: M Train – an elegant, poetic memoir discussing love, loss, art and the small pleasures of life

Night by Elie Wiesel: a painful autobiographical writing on the life in the Nazi concentration camps, a powerful narrative on life, death and identity

Elie Wiesel, Night. Translated from the French by Marion Wiesel. In limba romana: Noaptea. Editura Corint, 2012 Published 2006 by Hill and Wang (first published 1958), 120p   I remember: it happened yesterday, or eternities ago. A young Jewish boy discovered the Kingdom of Night. I remember his bewilderment, I remember his anguish. It all… Continue reading Night by Elie Wiesel: a painful autobiographical writing on the life in the Nazi concentration camps, a powerful narrative on life, death and identity

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

George Orwell’s Animal Farm, stunningly illustrated by Ralph Steadman: a great allegory on how dictatorship, propaganda and political injustice work

George Orwell, Animal Farm. A Fairy Story. Pictures by Ralph Steadman Published in 1995 by Secker & Warburg, London (first published in Great Britain in 1945), 180p/ In romana: Ferma animalelor, Editura Polirom   The result of preaching totalitarian doctrines is to weaken the instinct by means of which free peoples know what is or… Continue reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm, stunningly illustrated by Ralph Steadman: a great allegory on how dictatorship, propaganda and political injustice work

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: a wonderful fable on human courage, persistence and hope

Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea. In limba romana: Batranul si marea Published in 1999 by Vintage, 112 p (first published in 1952). I haven’t read The Old Man and the Sea until now; I kept putting it on my reading lists but I have always ended by choosing something else instead. I thought it… Continue reading The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: a wonderful fable on human courage, persistence and hope