Strong in the Rain by Lucy Birmingham & David McNeill

Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster was not exactly what I was expecting.Before visiting Japan for the first time last year, I read Richard Lloyd Parry's Ghosts of the Tsunami. Parry, like his American counterparts, was (and still is) an (English) journalist based in Japan. His book focused on … Continue reading Strong in the Rain by Lucy Birmingham & David McNeill

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Before Thomas Thwaites dreamed up the idea of being a GoatMan and before Peter Wohlleben communed with the trees in Germany, Frances Hodgson Burnett gave us the original back to nature, talk with the animals, boy child, Dickon.Dickon is a kindred spirit to all the creatures that live on the moors. He mothers orphaned lambs and squirrels, … Continue reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Snail and Turtle Rainy Days by Stephen Michael King

I adore snail and turtle, their friendship is so delightful.They display kindness, generosity and tenderness towards each other and Rainy Days continues this theme.Poor snail is unable to come out to play due to the rain. No matter what turtle says or does, snail refuses to come out of his shell.Turtle accepts snails situation and … Continue reading Snail and Turtle Rainy Days by Stephen Michael King

Desert Lake: The Story of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre by Pamela Freeman

Desert Lake by Pamela Freeman and illustrated by Liz Anelli follows the dry/full life-cycle on and in Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.It is possible to read Desert Lake as two separate stories. A descriptive narrative runs parallel to information text (in a different sized font) on each page.The non-fiction story takes us through the life cycle of … Continue reading Desert Lake: The Story of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre by Pamela Freeman