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

Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott: a collection of essays that encourage the rediscovery of mercy in times when we feel we lost connection and hope

Anne Lamott, Hallelujah Anyway. Redescovering Mercy Published 2017 by Riverhead Books, 176p I haven’t completely resonated with Hallelujah Anyway as I don’t consider myself a very religious person and the book mixes the writer’s personal experiences with stories from the Bible but Anne Lamott is such a warm, honest and intelligent writer that I simply… Continue reading Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott: a collection of essays that encourage the rediscovery of mercy in times when we feel we lost connection and hope

Spanish artist Guridi illustrates the power of words and the magic of storytelling in Once Upon a Time, a delightful, monochromatic picture book

Guridi, Once upon a Time Published in English in 2017 by Tate Publishing (first published in Spanish in 2016), 32p   Bard, as his name suggested, was a man that loved words from the very beginning. He lived in a village where people appreciated his talent to play with words and transform “the most ordinary… Continue reading Spanish artist Guridi illustrates the power of words and the magic of storytelling in Once Upon a Time, a delightful, monochromatic picture book

Hayoung Yim advises girls not to be sorry for who they are, encouraging them to embrace confidence and trust their choices

Hayoung Yim, The Girl Who Said Sorry. Illustrated by Marta Maszkiewicz  Published 2017 by Rhyming Reason Books, 34p I grew up in a country where as a child I was told to stay quiet because I knew nothing and do as grown-ups dictated me, no matter I liked it or not. I am thirty seven… Continue reading Hayoung Yim advises girls not to be sorry for who they are, encouraging them to embrace confidence and trust their choices

Soppy by Philippa Rice proves that there is love in the small things

Philippa Rice, Soppy Published 2014 by Andrews McMeel Publishing, 108p   I am a person that appreciates the details; both in fashion and in life. I love the delicate buttons of a shirt but also the love messages Ema leaves for me on the screen of my laptop or the cup of coffee my husband… Continue reading Soppy by Philippa Rice proves that there is love in the small things

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

Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life – one of the best books I have read this year

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life Published in Australia in 2008 by Scribe. First published in 1994, 237p Bird by Bird is my first Anne Lamott reading experience; and probably because I had no expectations it simply fascinated me. It is well-written, very honest, delighting by its simplicity of style… Continue reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life – one of the best books I have read this year