Australia to Z by Armin Greder: an alphabetical compilation of symbols that define modern Australia as a nation

Armin Greder, Australia to Z Published 2016 by Allen & Unwin, 32p   It is hilarious now, looking back, to remember how difficult it was in my first months in Australia, to understand and adjust to their rhythm, language (oh, they can talk fast) and lifestyle. Coming from a country where people seem to always… Continue reading Australia to Z by Armin Greder: an alphabetical compilation of symbols that define modern Australia as a nation

Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

Susan Hood, Ada’s Violin. The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport Published 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 40p   I was impressed with this book and with the real story that had inspired Susan Hood to write it. I read it last night to Ema,… Continue reading Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

The Iridescence of Birds: A book about Henri Matisse and the way childhood influenced his art

Patricia MacLachlan, The Iridescence of Birds. A Book About Henri Matisse. Pictures by Hadley Hooper Printed 2014 by Roaring Brook Press, 40p   Matisse first started to paint in his early twenties during a period of convalescence when his mother brought him paint supplies but his formation as an artist had actually begun many years… Continue reading The Iridescence of Birds: A book about Henri Matisse and the way childhood influenced his art

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski: an artistic and practical collection of maps that ingeniously present the world, focusing on the symbols of each country

Aleksandra Mizielinska,  Daniel Mizielinski, Maps Published 2013 by Big Picture Press, first published 2012 in Poland; 112p I have spent the last afternoons presenting the world to my daughter using Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski. Soon after Ema went to bed I used the atlas again, longing for Europe and dreaming of Asia.… Continue reading Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski: an artistic and practical collection of maps that ingeniously present the world, focusing on the symbols of each country

Coco Chanel written by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara and beautifully illustrated by Ana Albero: a good lesson about ambition and the importance of believing in ourselves

Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Coco Chanel. Illustrated by Ana Albero. Translated by Emma Martinez Published 2016 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 32p   My daughter who will be six soon has expressed her desire to become a ballerina promptly after she could stand and speak. The music in the house, the dress up games we… Continue reading Coco Chanel written by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara and beautifully illustrated by Ana Albero: a good lesson about ambition and the importance of believing in ourselves