Toys are real

Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit. Illustrations by William Nicholson/ Iepurasul de catifea Published April 1st 1987 by Avon (first published 1922)   A child’s attachment to a toy reflects the natural process of developing emotional relationships. It creates dependency but it is not something parents should be worried about, it is an innocent habit developed during… Continue reading Toys are real

Discover magic and a piece of Ireland

Tomi Ungerer, Fog Island Phaidon Press, 48p   This book is magic and I am not surprised it was included in Top 10 Children’s Book 2013 by New York Times Book Review. The author was born in France but he moved to Ireland in 1976 so this book is dedicated to Ireland and to all… Continue reading Discover magic and a piece of Ireland

Feel free to choose your family

  Colin Thompson, Free to a Good Home Random House Australia, 2009, 32p   The Smiths are not an ordinary family. They collect unusual things because they might need them and, unlike other children, theirs do not bring home stray animals but an old lady they have found at the shopping mall. Usually people want… Continue reading Feel free to choose your family

When literary and cinematic techniques perfectly blend

Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. A Novel in Words and Pictures Scholastic Press, New York, 536p   Do you know that feeling when you finish reading a book and you cannot enjoy its real quality because you already begin feeling melancholy? It is a 526-page book but I have read it in a… Continue reading When literary and cinematic techniques perfectly blend

Kid, you’ll move mountains!

Dr Seuss, Oh, the Places you’ll Go Harper Collins, Children’s Books, 44p   How do you explain to children what life challenges are? Sometimes it is difficult even for adults to choose the so called good direction.  How do you know when to give children the independence they need to experience and to grow? I… Continue reading Kid, you’ll move mountains!

When children draw worlds/ Cand copiii deseneaza universuri

Crockett Johnson, Harold and the Purple Crayon Harper Collins Publishers, 64p   Art is essential for children’s development. I have never thought that my daughter would be the next Picasso but I had no worries that she was going to ruin the walls or the furniture in the house with her painting. And she didn’t.… Continue reading When children draw worlds/ Cand copiii deseneaza universuri

The power of the senses

Nicola Winstanley, Janice Nadeau, Cinnamon Baby Published February 1st 2011 by Kids Can Press, 32p   This book makes you feel the smell of fresh baked bread in a spring morning. It is a modern fairy tale about Miriam who rode her bike every day to her little bakery where she baked all kind of… Continue reading The power of the senses