“The shades of happiness” by Barbara Franco (Gribaudo, € 16.90) is an emotional intelligence game inspired by the studies of Martin Seligman, it provides parents and educators with a greater awareness of the child’s learning skills and the tools to help him express his potential, allowing him to obtain that “something extra” spontaneously and through play.
The best thing that can happen to us in life is to raise a happy child, see him smile and face life with positivity. But what is happiness? Happiness, as it teaches Martin Seligman, consists of experiencing positive emotions and feelings about the past and the future. It’s one of six universal emotions – along with anger, sadness, disgust, surprise, and fear – and, like all emotions, it doesn’t come in one way! There are many shades of happiness, which depend on the intensity it assumes, on our starting mood and on the situation that unleashed it. The nuances of happiness is a path to discover this emotion and its many facets together. In particular, we will help our child to recognize the manifestations of happiness and to give them a name, to distinguish the different intensity of the nuances and to find the positive side even in the most difficult situations, developing an optimistic attitude and problem solving skills. Age of reading: 3-6 years.
“The seahorses are out of stock” by Katja Gerhrmann and Constanze Spengler (Babalibri, 13 euros) is a fun and very original book, with illustrations rich in details, all to be discovered. Nico’s dad is at home, but it has to work. To get some breathing space, he allows Nico to buy a pet … This is the beginning of a wonderful and unique story in which, one animal after another, Nico’s family grows bigger and bigger and without dad, too busy with work, notices anything! The first animal that Nico brings home is a mouse, followed by a dog, the dog is followed by a seal, the seal by a penguin, the penguin by a parrot, who is followed by… none other than an elephant!
“Good night and sweet dreams” curated by Barbara Franco (Gribaudo, 12.90 euros) is created in collaboration with a team of sleep specialists and teaches the rules for peaceful sleep. The cover is eye-catching: it glows in the dark. To the children’s book a guide reserved for adults is combined. The book teaches that sleep changes according to the child’s age and that the causes of insomnia can be many (both physiological, linked to difficult emotional situations, or fears, first of all the fear of the dark), but in 80% of cases everything can be solved with proper sleep hygiene, made up of small good night rites that accompany the child towards a peaceful rest. In this regard, the book offers an illustrated story, accompanied by a sweet melody to listen to together. The story was studied by sleep specialists, to induce a state of calm and progressive relaxation in the little ones. QUID + is an editorial line dedicated to the preschool age that deals with translating the most advanced pedagogical theories into simple and captivating products. Age of reading: 0-6 years.
“The sky of animals” by Nicoletta Bortolotti, illustrated by Cristiana Cerretti (Gribaudo, 12.90 euros) is an exciting story, perfect for those who love animals: they will tell you that the sky of cats, dogs, hamsters and goldfish is where the clouds. This sky is a strange place, where those who are no longer there are still there. And where it is, no one knows. Perhaps the furry dreams of animals begin there.
“The kidnapping of Miss Reza – Mysteries on the train” by MG Leonard and Sam Sedgam, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli (Rizzoli, 318 pages, 17 euros), is a compelling story: when Nathaniel Bradshaw he proposes to his nephew to accompany him on a business trip on the California Comet, the iconic American train that takes Hal doesn’t think twice in three days from Chicago to San Francisco. For nothing in the world would you miss another train trip with Uncle Nat, after the unforgettable one on the High-land Falcon the year before. Flying to Chicago and then immediately aboard the famous train, for Hal begins an exciting journey between breathtaking landscapes, big cities and wild nature. In his inseparable notebook, he keeps track of everything: places, but also people he met on the train. Like her three new adventure companions: Hadley, who believes herself a sorceress; his brother Mason, who has never known an Englishman and wants to learn the accent; and especially Marianne, the charming and spoiled daughter of August Reza, a visionary entrepreneur committed to a very ambitious and futuristic project.
In “We boys of freedom – The partisans tell” edited by Gad Lerner and Laura Gnocchi (Feltrinelli, 206 pages, 14 euros) the Resistance is told by the girls and boys who have chosen a side. Freedom is not a gift, it must be won. The book was born from a project of over five hundred interviews in collaboration with the Anpi, National Association of Partisans of Italy. “Us? Guys of freedom? But what do we have to do with the partisans? They are old stories, from the time of the gods grandparents and great-grandparents… The partisans are people who long ago, when there was war in Italy, chose a side. But who made him do it? To answer this question we propose another: what if we try to put ourselves in their shoes? The Resistance was also made by many girls and boys of your age. We have met them and we have realized a collection of memories of the Resistance, so that their testimony would remain and homage to be paid to those who risked their lives for freedom. And if today you can put yourself in their shoes – but luckily you are in much more comfortable shoes – you owe it to them too. “
“The Lion of Mars – Nobody survives alone” by Jennifer L. Holm (Rizzoli, 280 pages, € 16.50) stars Bell, who is 11 years old and, like all boys of her age, loves adventures, sweets and animals. But Bell lives on Mars and the only animal he really knows is his cat, Leo. He arrived on the red planet witha United States Expeditionary and Settlement Squad and is used to a life with many responsibilities and strict rules set by Sai, the mission commander. The fundamental law is No contacts with foreign countries, ever. Following a mysterious accident, in fact, the Americans have decided to interrupt relations with the inhabitants of the other foreign colonies on the planet. But when a serious virus strikes the adults in the settlement, it’s time for the kids to break the rules. And it’s up to Bell to discover the truth and reunite humanity on the planet to save loved ones. A story of growth in a distant world but so close to ours and to its recent frailties. To discover that, even in the worst of circumstances, opening up to others and collaborating is the most powerful resource we have.
“Bethany and the Beast” by Jack Meggitt-Philipps, illustrated by Isabelle Follath, stars Ebenezer Tweezer, a terrible man with a wonderful life. He is bursting with youth, despite his 511 years, and every day he rushes up the fifteen floors of his building to go to the beast that lives in the attic. He feeds her creatures of all kinds and, in return, sees whatever he wants out of his mouth. But when the beast gets tired of eating exotic birds and trained monkeys, satisfying it becomes more complicated. It’s time to taste something else, something more tender and succulent … like a child, for example! A wildly funny and delightfully macabre story, reminiscent of the great classics of Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl. An editorial case, translated into thirty languages, which will soon become a film produced by Warner Bros.
“Sisters of Sword and Enchantment” by Rebecca Ross (Piemme, 391 pages, € 17) is a feminine fantasy that in an antiquity pervaded by magic tells of a strong and indissoluble bond between sisters. In the large estate surrounded by olive trees and illuminated by the golden light of the evening, everything is ready to celebrate Alcyon’s return home. After eight long years, Evande will finally be able to embrace her beloved older sister, a soldier of the queen’s army. When Alcyon appears, however, she is upset and on the run, chased by a terrible secret. Joy and honors give way to despair as the family learns that Alcyon is accused of murder and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. Held by her sister by a bond stronger than steel, Evande chooses to serve part of the sentence. The universe he enters will reveal ruthless intrigues of power and only by trying to reverse the fate of his country will Evande be able to restore lost freedom to Alcyon.
Two new titles in the Yellow and Black series: del Battello a Steam (10.90 euros): in “The crime club – Tales of female detective” (238 pages) nine ladies of the mystery tell stories of apparently inexplicable crimes, where testing the deductive power of young detectives and detectives. From the nineteenth century to the present day, from England to America, every mystery invites readers to solve a puzzle together with detectives. But the question is the same for everyone: who is the culprit? In “Dead who speaks” by Guido Sgardoli (202 pages) Guido thinks he has already seen everything: he is the son of the city’s undertaker (that’s why everyone calls him Cassa), his mother to round he holds séances in the living room and his little sister foresees the future. But when one evening he finds himself in front of the ghost of Straocchio, the odd keeper of the junk yard whose death he has accidentally caused, he realizes that his misadventures have just begun …