On fear and human rights in Armin Greder’s The Island

Armin Greder, The Island Published 2008 by Allen & Unwin (first published 2002), 32p. Human rights was a constant concern along history. Often controversial this issue motivated people to be more preoccupied with their fundamental freedoms. Although there are severe violations of these rights on every continent, the need of standards and human respect is still… Continue reading On fear and human rights in Armin Greder’s The Island

Friendship is a beautiful dance

Molly Idle, Flora and the Peacocks Published 2016 by Chronicle Books. 40p   Probably you are already familiar with Flora who danced for you in 2013 with her new friend, a beautiful Flamingo, in a wordless, extremely artistic book that brought Molly Idle the Caldecott Honor .   Last month, to my delight, not to mention… Continue reading Friendship is a beautiful dance

Will you remember you once were a child?

Nina Laden, Once Upon a Memory. Illustrated by Renata Liwska Published 2013 by Little, Brown and Company   Memories of childhood are full of significance. Exploring our past experiences we understand our formation and our present behavior. Although we have poor memories of our first two or three years of life, the childhood memories are… Continue reading Will you remember you once were a child?

Children as entities and a story about a cat that takes the moon for a bowl of milk

Kevin Henkes, Kitten’s First Full Moon Published 2004 by Greenwillow Books. An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. 40p   Books open hearts and eyes. Kevin Henkes has always loved libraries and has always wanted to become an artist. His beliefs in children are amazing. On the way adults think about children Sometimes I think as adults… Continue reading Children as entities and a story about a cat that takes the moon for a bowl of milk

On empathy, friendship and canine companionship

Sangmi Ko, A Dog Wearing Shoes Published 2015 by Schwartz & Wade   The human – animal relation is a mutual beneficial relation and the powerful effects animals have on children’s healthy development have been scientifically proved. The affection for an animal improves verbal and non-verbal communication and children develop empathy, kindness and responsibility. Dogs… Continue reading On empathy, friendship and canine companionship

Oranges are not the only fruit/ Portocalele nu sunt singurele fructe

Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Published September 4th 2014 by Vintage (first published 1985), 224p   I was thinking about the title of this review when I realized that the essential description of the book is its own title.  Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit/ Portocalele nu sunt singurele fructe is a story… Continue reading Oranges are not the only fruit/ Portocalele nu sunt singurele fructe

Jean Jullien and his surrealistic sausage dog

Jean Jullien, Ralf. Original idea and illustrations by Jean Jullien. Text collaboration by Gwendal Le Bec Published by Frances Lincoln, 2016. First published 2014. 56p   Here it is another artist that communicates about life using illustrations. Jean Jullien is a French graphic designer living in London who believes humor, creativity and visual art are… Continue reading Jean Jullien and his surrealistic sausage dog