Little Whale by Jo Weaver: a tender story about the epic migration of grey whales and the strong connection between the mother and her calf

Jo Weaver, Little Whale Published 2018 by Hodder Children’s Books, 36p Gray whales have the longest migration known for a mammal. They travel almost 20,000 km every year, from south where they breed to the Arctic seas to reach their feeding grounds. It is a long, dangerous, exhausting journey, so beautifully captured by Jo Weaver… Continue reading Little Whale by Jo Weaver: a tender story about the epic migration of grey whales and the strong connection between the mother and her calf

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers: a father’s notes for living on Planet Earth dedicated to his firstborn son

Oliver Jeffers, Here We Are Published 2017 by HarperCollins, 44p Bringing home from hospital his new born son, Oliver Jeffers realized he should not only give a tour of the apartment to the new member of the family but introduce to him the whole world he was going to step and live into. Thus Here… Continue reading Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers: a father’s notes for living on Planet Earth dedicated to his firstborn son

Michael Morpurgo and Kerry Hyndman illustrate a robin’s journey from Scandinavia to Britain, offering a heartwarming definition of a home

Michael Morpurgo, Coming Home. Illustrated by Kerry Hyndman Published 2016 by David Fickling Book in partnership with Waitrose, 32p   Coming Home is one of those books meant to be read before Christmas when everyone is returning home, celebrating life, family, love. I borrowed the book from the library last year in December but busy… Continue reading Michael Morpurgo and Kerry Hyndman illustrate a robin’s journey from Scandinavia to Britain, offering a heartwarming definition of a home

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

Timothy Basil Ering’s The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling: an ode to music and faith

Timothy Basil Ering, The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling Published 2007 by Walker Books, 48p   The power of music is not questionable. All the fundamental things in humans’s life have been expressed through music. When words or silence are of no help, music creates connections and elevates souls. Timothy Basil Ering’s The Unexpected… Continue reading Timothy Basil Ering’s The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling: an ode to music and faith

Matthew’s Enigma by Matei Calinescu: a father’s honest and affectionate portrait of his son that had autism and unexpectedly died at age 25

Matei Calinescu, Matthew’s Enigma. A Father’s Portrait of His Autistic Son Published 2009 by Indiana University Press. Translated by Angela Jianu, 212 p In limba romana: Portretul lui M, Editura Humanitas, 2016, 256p   Matei Calinescu (1934 – 2009, Romanian professor of comparative literature, writer and literary critic) left communist Romania and moved to United… Continue reading Matthew’s Enigma by Matei Calinescu: a father’s honest and affectionate portrait of his son that had autism and unexpectedly died at age 25

The Liszts: a humorous, gothic-flavored picture book which celebrates spontaneity and reminds us that the unfamiliar is part of our lives

Kyo Maclear, Júlia Sardà, The Liszts Published 2016 by Andersen Press, 40p (First published 2016 in Canada by Tundra Books)   The Liszts is not for those who expect a little biography on Franz Liszt but for those who obsessively make lists. Preoccupied to record and file all the things we consider important we sometimes… Continue reading The Liszts: a humorous, gothic-flavored picture book which celebrates spontaneity and reminds us that the unfamiliar is part of our lives