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LOOK! by Édouard Manceau

What do you see?
Having just come back from France, Édouard Manceau’s children’s book LOOK! caught my eye. Why? Sparking creativity and exploration (the way only the French know how), this board book with a square die-cut in the middle mixes a simplicity with a complexity that encourages children to engage with the world around them.
Each page lets a child see the world in a new way. The die-cut acts as a window to the world. LOOK! gives the kid instructions on what to see and how to see it, instilling an internal dialogue in the child's mind that inspires curiosity and conversation about things around them. LOOK! combines touch, feel, sight into a learning book that is subtle and fun. Encouraging kids to be observant about shiny things on one hand, and then asking them if they see anything they want to touch. 
Creating new sensory experiences with simple visuals and moving objects, comes quite easily to Édouard Manceau who has written several books including Windblown, The Race and…

The Carbon Bubble: What Happens to Us When It Bursts by Jeff Rubin

Former Bay Street economist Jeff Rubin delivers his third book (all published by Random House Canada):  The Carbon Bubble: What Happens to Us When It Bursts following two successful energy themed tomes, The End of Growth (2012) and Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller (2010).
Rubin is no stranger to bold contrarian calls and tilting against conventional wisdom. From forecasting triple digit (per barrel) oil prices to arguing that the root cause to the Great Recession of 2008 was the price of energy (and oil in particular) rather than sub-prime mortgages emanating from the United States. And further forwarding that thesis to argue that high oil prices --enabled by demand from surging developing economies-- entailed (paradoxically) low GDP growth for the global economy as whole, Rubin now steers volte-face to a completely new thesis: the planet we inhabit has a budget constraint in the form of how much carbon that it can produce before inexorably changing planetary conditio…

We Are All Made Of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

“When someone dies, their molecules break down into smaller molecules as well as individual atoms. So, say a carbon atom is part of a molecule in a person’s leg. When that person dies, that atom could become part of a molecule in something else, like a blooming flower, or even another human being.”
This is the premise of Susin Nielsen’s new young adult novel We Are All Made Of Molecules. Using two unique characters and voices, Susin Nielsen draws us into the life of two families trying to rebuild their lives again after being destroyed by unforeseen circumstances…just like in life.
It’s the story of the Brady Brunch brought into the new generation; rather than six kids there are two, and it touches on issues that are forefront in our world at the moment. Susin Nielson knows a thing about being in touch with the modern world. After all, she penned 16 episodes for Degrassi Junior High. So you’d think she understands a thing about getting into the young adult mind space. And when you read…

A few of Mom's favourite bookish things

Moms are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. And, just like you and me, they love books and chocolate, and shopping and dinners. 

Since this is a book blog, here are some suggestions of some special books that you can gift to your favourite person in the whole wide world.

Great Ideas for the Health-Conscious Mom (or Mom-in-law)

Grains as Mains - Jodi Moreno & Sarah W. Caron

If you've got a mom-in-law like mine who's always throwing words like buckwheat, farro, teff, barley, quinoa at you, then this is probably the perfect book for her. It at least shows that you've been listening to her all along and attempting to make a healthy choice. Whole grains were once the staple diet of many ancient cultures across the world - from the Egyptians to the Mayans and Aztecs. Beautifully illustrated, Grains as Mains is the perfect way to introduce grains to your culinary repertoire.

Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady

Told with an honest account of foods that Tara O'Brady craves…