Month: July 2020

The Book of Selkie

Happy Book Publication Year to The Book of Selkie by Briana Corr Scott. The Book of Selkie is a children’s picturebook which introduces a selkie to children. Selfies are faerie people who live part their lives as a seal. The selkies are seals that can shed their coat and land and transforms into humans. They live part of their life on land. In simple text, this book explains the yearning of a selkie to be on land and also return to the sea. This book talks about a typical ‘selkie’ day. With soothing illustrations, this book is appropriate to teach young children about Scottish and Irish legends of selkie. Thank you to @netgalley and @nimbuspub for the ARC.

Hope and Freckles

Happy Book Publication Year to Hope and Freckles Fleeing to a Better Forest by Bill Kiley and illustrated by Mary Manning. Hope and Freckles are a baby and a mother deer who live in the Olden Forest. The Olden Forest was becoming dangerous for Hope and Freckles. The summers were hotter, there was less food and water and the persistent threat for life from other carnivores and hunters. Hope, Freckles and other deer walk to the Big Pine Forest to take refuge but the guards don’t let them in because the Forest had enough white-tailed deer. When they plead to let them in, they separate Hope and Freckles. Freckles is taken to another family and Hope lives in a fenced area waiting for her child. Will Hope see Freckles again? This book explains with animal characters and eye-catching images, the immigration scenario in United States and other countries. It is a good book to teach children why people take refuge, why they are denied entry to a new country and also their suffering when children …

Catching Fireflies

Happy publication day to Catching Fireflies by Celina and Leo Lagnado. In this book, a monster wants to enjoy nature by trapping elements of nature, but it does not work as it expects. The monster learns an important lesson regarding nature. Catching Fireflies would be a good book for toddlers. It has simple pictures and short sentences. Thank you to @netgalley for the ARC.

Notes to Self

Notes to Self by Emilie Pine was a good non-fiction read. The book is the outcome of the author writing notes to herself in tough situations. These include taking care of an elderly alcoholic father with health problems, difficulty in getting pregnant, about the female body and the periods, her parents’ divorce, and the rebellious teens. There is also a chapter about how women are treated at work and how their value is diminished by talking about their cuteness rather than talent. I loved the honesty of the author. I myself had the same thoughts regarding my body and how the society perceives female body. I saw both my past and future in this book. This book is a good read for all women. Even though it was non-fiction, it is surprisingly fast-paced. Thank you to NetGalley for ARC.