Poet Ted Kooser explores the tension between human and nature in a poetic story, beautifully illustrated by Jon Klassen

Ted Koose, House Held Up By Trees. Illustrated by Jon Klassen Published 2012 by Candlewick Press, 32p   Ted Kooser’s House Held Up By Trees is an impressive story that reminds us about the power of nature and the tension that erupts as consequence of human effort to tame the wild. A man and his… Continue reading Poet Ted Kooser explores the tension between human and nature in a poetic story, beautifully illustrated by Jon Klassen

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: an intense and honest discourse on love, family and loss

Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking Published 2005 by Alfred A. Knopf, 228p   Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. The question of self-pity. Joan Didion writes on the first page of her book, an honest and vibrant autobiography written… Continue reading The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: an intense and honest discourse on love, family and loss

The Dead Bird: a heartwarming story that illustrates death as a natural stage in our lives, reiterating the idea that children need to be told the truth and not to be offered unrealistic explanations about loss

Margaret Wise Brown, The Dead Bird. Pictures by Christian Robinson Published 2016 by Harper, 32p Written in 1938, first published in 1958 after Margaret Wise Brown’s death, reissued in 2016 this picture book is a classic. Some might consider the story inappropriate for children as it deals with death and we want the little ones to feel… Continue reading The Dead Bird: a heartwarming story that illustrates death as a natural stage in our lives, reiterating the idea that children need to be told the truth and not to be offered unrealistic explanations about loss

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore: a wonderful reading experience about the power of storytelling, the magic in books and the extraordinary in libraries

William Joyce, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Illustrated by William Joyce & Joe Bluhm/ Fantasticele carti zburatoare ale Dlui Morris Lessmore, Editura Arthur Printed 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2011). 52p Everyone’s story matters.   The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore marks an unusual sequence as… Continue reading The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore: a wonderful reading experience about the power of storytelling, the magic in books and the extraordinary in libraries

The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and beautifully illustrated by Rebecca Cobb explores fragility and loss, keeping in mind the innocence and magic of childhood

Julia Donaldson, The Paper Dolls. Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb Published 2012 by Macmillan Children’s Books, 32p I will make my mea culpa and confess that once I encounter an artist that makes my senses thrill, I will look for all of his or her artwork and present it here, which some might find recurring but… Continue reading The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and beautifully illustrated by Rebecca Cobb explores fragility and loss, keeping in mind the innocence and magic of childhood

The Heart and the Bottle: an impressive story on loss, grief and denial of emotions

Oliver Jeffers, The Heart and the Bottle Published 2010 by HarperCollins, 32p   I think my fondness and admiration for Oliver Jeffers’ work is obvious now but his books continue to delight me. The Heart and the Bottle is sophisticated, bitter-sweet and heart-warming. I am not very convinced that Ema could really manage the metaphysical… Continue reading The Heart and the Bottle: an impressive story on loss, grief and denial of emotions

H is for Hawk, a complex, remarkable memoir on grief, wilderness and nature

Helen Macdonald, H is for Hawk Published 2014 by Jonathan Cape , 300p H is for Hawk is breathtaking. So lyrical and honest, so unexpected and so intense. I didn’t know much on falconry or on hawks before reading the book and I must admit that I had my suspicions regarding its content but it… Continue reading H is for Hawk, a complex, remarkable memoir on grief, wilderness and nature