The Japanese concept of Ma or the sound of silence

Katrina Goldsaito, The Sound of Silence. Illustrated by Julia Kuo Published 2016 by Little, Brown and Company, 40p The Japanese have a beautiful concept of silence – Ma. It defines the pause between sounds, the moments of quietness in music, conversation and storytelling. The Japanese embraced the concept even in their lifestyle, valuing minimalism and… Continue reading The Japanese concept of Ma or the sound of silence

Peter Brown illustrates the monsterness of teachers in a sweet story that demonstrates how getting to know a person can change preconceptions

Peter Brown, My Teacher Is a Monster! No, I Am Not. Published 2014 by Little, Brown and Company, 36p   It is fascinating to analyze how children see the grown-ups, the way they perceive the behavior and reactions of family, educators or strangers. This morning, on our way to school, Ema asked me if the… Continue reading Peter Brown illustrates the monsterness of teachers in a sweet story that demonstrates how getting to know a person can change preconceptions

Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein applauds the magic of the night, sending an invitation to celebrate darkness and its particularities

Mordicai Gerstein, The Night World Published 2015 by Little, Brown and Company   One night when I was four, I awoke in the dark. I called to my father: “Daddy, I have to pee!” He carried me to the bathroom, but on the way back to bed, we went through the kitchen. Out the window,… Continue reading Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein applauds the magic of the night, sending an invitation to celebrate darkness and its particularities

A portrait of real John Lennon and his opinions on life, world, art and meditation revealed in a collection of his letters edited by Hunter Davies

The John Lennon Letters, edited and with an introduction by Hunter Davies Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London (first published 2012 by Little, Brown and Company), 400p   The reaction of John Lennon to most things, whether joy or anger, fear or loathing, fun or fury, was to write it down. He responded with words, not just… Continue reading A portrait of real John Lennon and his opinions on life, world, art and meditation revealed in a collection of his letters edited by Hunter Davies

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?

Fear of the Dark

Lemony Snicket, The Dark. Illustrated by Jon Klassen Published by Orchard Books Australia in 2013, 32p. First published in 2013 in the United States by Little, Brown and Company   Lemony Snicket is the pen name of the American writer Daniel Handler best known for his A Series of Unfortunate Events. With The Dark he… Continue reading Fear of the Dark

About penguins and dreams coming true

Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr Popper’s Penguins. Illustrated by Robert Lawson Published 1992 by Little, Brown and Company, 139p   Imagine how your life would change if twelve penguins came to live in your house. I know for sure your children would have the best days. My daughter adored this book; we had so much… Continue reading About penguins and dreams coming true