Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

Susan Hood, Ada’s Violin. The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport Published 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 40p   I was impressed with this book and with the real story that had inspired Susan Hood to write it. I read it last night to Ema,… Continue reading Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

Wild Animals of the South by Dieter Braun: an amazing book dedicated to the animals in the southern hemisphere of the globe

Dieter Braun, Wild Animals of the South Published 2017 by Flying Eye Books. Translation by Jen Calleja. 144p   I liked Wild Animals of the South for the scientific facts but mostly for its artwork; the pages of the book, published as a large-format, are filled with gorgeous illustrations that describe the impressive, colourful animal… Continue reading Wild Animals of the South by Dieter Braun: an amazing book dedicated to the animals in the southern hemisphere of the globe

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

Elin Kelsey’s You Are Stardust encourages our return to nature, exploring the amazing connections we have with our planet

Elin Kelsey, You Are Stardust. Artwork by Soyeon Kim Published 2012 by Owlkids Books, 32p   You Are Stardust is a beautiful picture book that blends poetry and science to explore the amazing connections we have with the planet that we inhabit. How else to better teach children about the world than by showing them… Continue reading Elin Kelsey’s You Are Stardust encourages our return to nature, exploring the amazing connections we have with our planet

All the Wild Wonders. Poems of our Earth: never forget to celebrate the wonders of our planet

All the Wild Wonders. Poems of our Earth. Edited by Wendy Cooling. Illustrated by Piet Grobler Published 2010 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 48p   Call me naïve but I still believe that we can educate the younger generations to respect and love our planet. It is not easy but we are all in search of… Continue reading All the Wild Wonders. Poems of our Earth: never forget to celebrate the wonders of our planet

Sea by Mark Laita: a stunning collection of sea creature portraits that illustrate the fascinating world beneath the surface and reveal the unknown beauty of the deep

Mark Laita, Sea Published 2011 by Hachette Australia (first published 2011 in USA by Abrams), 200p I am not a good swimmer and I am afraid of water. The infinity of the ocean scares me as everything else that I cannot understand or anticipate. I admire Australia’s wilderness and its pristine landscapes but I will… Continue reading Sea by Mark Laita: a stunning collection of sea creature portraits that illustrate the fascinating world beneath the surface and reveal the unknown beauty of the deep

A River by Marc Martin is a poetical invitation to escape the daily urban reality and rediscover primordial nature

Marc Martin, A River Printed 2015 by Viking Penguin, 36p   Marc Martin is an Australian illustrator and author of several books that celebrate the beauty of nature and life. His latest book, A River, is a visual delectation, a meticulously designed book that overlaps the flow of a river on the flow of existence,… Continue reading A River by Marc Martin is a poetical invitation to escape the daily urban reality and rediscover primordial nature