Brave Thumbelina: An Leysen’s magical retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale

An Leysen, Brave Thumbelina Published 2018 by Clavis Publishing, 52 p   Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales have never lost heir charm. Once in a while the new generations of parents debate whether children need to be exposed to this type of lesson to learn morality and to appreciate real values in life, considering the… Continue reading Brave Thumbelina: An Leysen’s magical retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale

Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein – What goes around, comes around!

David Ezra Stein, Because Amelia Smiled Published 2012 by Candlewick Press, 40p   Soon after I had started working with children with disabilities and behaviour problems I was confirmed something I strongly believed in: it is essential to teach behaviour but it is definetely more important to model it. Because what goes around, comes around!… Continue reading Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein – What goes around, comes around!

The Lost Kitten by Lee and Komako Sakai: a graceful picture book about cultivating affection and loyalty in children through animal companionship

Lee, The Lost Kitten. Illustrated by Komako Sakai English edition published 2017 by Gecko Press. 32p The Lost Kitten is a beautiful book that touches the heart from the very first page. Graceful illustrations show Hina, a little girl, and her mother opening the house door and seeing a sick, skinny kitten. Behind it, the… Continue reading The Lost Kitten by Lee and Komako Sakai: a graceful picture book about cultivating affection and loyalty in children through animal companionship

Ada Lovelace: the world’s first computer programmer

Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Ada Lovelace. Illustrated by Zafouko Yamamoto Published 2018 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 32p   Ada Lovelace is another delightful biography in the Little People Big, Dreams series (I have already told you about the ones presenting the lives of Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie), a collection about inspiring personalities with… Continue reading Ada Lovelace: the world’s first computer programmer

The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse: Eric Carle’s tribute to Franz Marc

Eric Carle, The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse Published 2011 by Philomel Books, An Imprint of Penguin Group, 32p     Franz Marc was a representative figure of the German Expressionism. Because he liked to paint animals in unusual colours, sometimes unrealistic, the traditionalists often criticised his work; the Nazis considered him a degenerate… Continue reading The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse: Eric Carle’s tribute to Franz Marc

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue and Pamela Zagarenski, a tender story about the importance of bedtime routine in a child’s life

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue. Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski Published 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 40p   Shortly after I have started working with children with behavior problems I learned that one of the main reasons for their meltdowns was fatigue and sleep deprivation. During the day, they easily become frustrated,… Continue reading Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue and Pamela Zagarenski, a tender story about the importance of bedtime routine in a child’s life

Square by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen: a witty, philosophical debate on the life of the artist and the purpose of art

Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen, Square Published 2018 by Walker Books, 44p Square is the second book in the Shape Trilogy created by the amazing duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, two artists whose work is defined by brilliant humour, profound, contemporary subjects and originality. In few words (though generous subtlety) and minimalist pictures we are… Continue reading Square by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen: a witty, philosophical debate on the life of the artist and the purpose of art