Parent-child love

Sam McBratney, Guess How Much I Love you Published 2005 by Candlewick Press, first published 1988, 20p   For me and my daughter, the night ritual is one of the most intimate and intense moments in a day. We conclude how the day was, read and discuss a story and have the good night kisses… Continue reading Parent-child love

I didn’t do my homework…

Davide Cali, Benjamin Chaud, I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… Published by Chronicle Books, 2014, 44p Do you need a new excuse for not having done your homework? I recommend this book which is actually a list of creative answers you can give to your teachers. The classical dog that eats so much paper has now… Continue reading I didn’t do my homework…

Do you know Horton?

Dr Seuss, Horton Hatches the Egg Published 2004 by Harpercollins Children’s Books (first published 1940), 64p Sooooo big. But so kind and so honest, so diplomatic and so devoted. This is how Horton the Elephant is. He is one of Dr Seuss’ most well-known heroes. Oh, but have you heard about  Dr Seuss? Well, he… Continue reading Do you know Horton?

Monkey needs to listen or how we give instructions to our children

Sue Graves, Monkey Needs to Listen. A Book About Paying Attention Published 2016 by Franklin Watts   I used this book to talk again with my daughter about the need to listen when other persons talk or when we are given instructions. She is five now but she has always been mature and I have… Continue reading Monkey needs to listen or how we give instructions to our children

Michael Rosen’s book is one of the best choices when reading to the very young

Michael Rosen, A Great Big Cuddle. Poems for the Very Young Published 2015 by Candlewick Press, 80p Oh, what a book! Do you know that feeling when you find a book, you read it and you still wish you have discovered it sooner and read it again and again? This is the feeling I have… Continue reading Michael Rosen’s book is one of the best choices when reading to the very young

Stellaluna or talking about identity

Janell Cannon, Stellaluna Published 1993 by HMH Books, 48p   I have always appreciated the authors that use neglected animals in their stories and even empower them with the main roles. Stellaluna is a nice story, a beautiful combination of fantasy and scientific information about bats, a parable about survival, identity, family and friendship. I… Continue reading Stellaluna or talking about identity

The Pollyanna Principle

Eleanor H. Porter, Pollyanna Published by Puffin Classics, 1994. First published 1913. 288p I hope I will not be considered old fashioned but I fell in love with the main character of this novel and I honestly do not find Pollyanna exaggerated or too theatrical. We all tend to remember the positive and rosy experiences… Continue reading The Pollyanna Principle