Published in 1936, The Story of Ferdinand written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson defied time and politics, becoming a classic of children’s literature

Munro Leaf, The Story of Ferdinand. Illustrated by Robert Lawson Published 2017 by Faber And Faber. First published in the US in 1936 by The Viking Press, 44p. In limba romana: Taurasul Ferdinand, Editura Arthur I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I first heard The Story of Ferdinand but it was certainly… Continue reading Published in 1936, The Story of Ferdinand written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson defied time and politics, becoming a classic of children’s literature

Mortality: Christopher Hitchens’s last published book, a collection of honest writings on his confrontation with illness and death

Christopher Hitchens, Mortality Published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2012, 104p I know I will never be prepared to face death; but if I had to, I would like to do it the Hitchens’s way: dying but living. In 2010 Christopher Hitchens, writer, journalist, religious and literary critic, was in his hotel room… Continue reading Mortality: Christopher Hitchens’s last published book, a collection of honest writings on his confrontation with illness and death

Katja Gehrmann’s Goose the Bear speaks about identity and the emotional lives of animals, offering a stimulation to reconsider our perspective when regarding parenting/ adoption

Katja Gehrmann, Goose the Bear Published 2014 by Sky Pony Press, 40 p. Translated by Connie Stradling Morby   I am not sure if there is a real growth in parenting studies or it is just me discovering them now as I am directly interested in the subject but it is intriguing to see the… Continue reading Katja Gehrmann’s Goose the Bear speaks about identity and the emotional lives of animals, offering a stimulation to reconsider our perspective when regarding parenting/ adoption

A Lion in Paris: a beautiful picture book that introduces City of Light to little readers and explores the process of finding our identity

Beatrice Alemagna, A Lion in Paris English edition first published 2014 by Tate Publishing (First published 2006), 32p   Sometimes I wonder what will happen when Ema grows up and she won’t need me to read her stories or even recommend something… I guess we won’t have so many picture books around but I will… Continue reading A Lion in Paris: a beautiful picture book that introduces City of Light to little readers and explores the process of finding our identity

Red, A Crayon’s story speaks about dreams, identity and our need to be accepted as we truly are

Michael Hall, Red. A  Crayon’s Story Published 2015 by Greenwillow Books, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 40p   I find challenging and beautiful as well to analyze the symbolic dimension of clothing, especially when it defies expectations. I was born in a small country where children were taught not to speak unasked and were lectured… Continue reading Red, A Crayon’s story speaks about dreams, identity and our need to be accepted as we truly are

Maira Kalman on life, identity and happiness in a magnificent book that praises joie de vivre

Maira Kalman, The Principles of Uncertainty Published 2007 by Penguin Books, 326p   I have discovered Maira Kalman when I read The Illustrated Elements of Style, a guide to writing style. As a non-native English speaker I often have the concern that I may make terrible mistakes when writing or speaking so I still have… Continue reading Maira Kalman on life, identity and happiness in a magnificent book that praises joie de vivre

Salina Yoon’s recent book praises individuality and speaks about emotional intelligence and friendship

Salina Yoon, Be a Friend Published 2016 by Bloomsbury, 40p   There is a certain skillfulness and agility that children prove when adapting and connecting to the world but the sense of belonging and the need of building unique personalities develop in time along with effort. Salina Yoon moved from Korea to America when she… Continue reading Salina Yoon’s recent book praises individuality and speaks about emotional intelligence and friendship