A Roman And A Celt by April E Claridge is a fascinating historical novel that consumed me from the start.
The novel is a mixture of factual, and happenings from a series of dreams by the author – which she later researched and found to be accurate. The whole novel is woven together seamlessly, creating an exciting and comprehensive account of life in Roman Britain from AD 57.
It was a time of invasion and battles, many of which were brutal.
We see that love happens where it will as an understanding of marriage is replaced by a love match.
Poems For Loved Ones by Kenzo Amariyo is a powerful collection of heartfelt poems for those who are grieving.
In the introduction we learn about the power of forgiveness. “Forgiveness is only a choice away.” We must forgive or else risk imprisoning ourselves in bitterness. Unforgiveness will hurt us most of all.
As we love, we know that one day we will hurt. The only way to prevent hurt is to lock up our heart and never love – but what sort of a life would that be?
As we live, choose to live a life of love and make memories that will warm us when loss comes.
Grief has a cycle of “denial; anger; bargaining; depression; acceptance.” We do not move on from one to the next in a fluid moment but will revisit the stages before we finally come to acceptance of what we cannot change. Each grief journey is unique.
Curly Worm by Linda Sawdon is a very charming tale for the under fives.
It is a beautiful book as we follow the exploits of a worm who joins a dancing class.
The story is written in rhyme and has a bouncy rhythm to it. This will make it easy for children to join in once they have heard it a few times.
All the book is beautifully illustrated. There are some very charming, friendly-faced animals. Each page can be used as a starting point for discussions with our children.
The Adventures Of Gorg by Julia Sawyer is a powerful little book for the under tens to help them cope in the modern world.
We learn that we all have the same primitive thinking – no one likes me; there’s danger; etc – and we have them same body responses – get ready to run etc. Our negative thoughts are not unique to us.
Julia Sawyer shares coping mechanisms – think positive thoughts; share a cuddle blanket; etc. We learn that we are not alone and we are not unique.
Julia Sawyer is a clinical psychologist who has written The Adventures Of Gorg to help children to identify and to deal with their thoughts.