Why?

By Catherine Ripley and Scot Ritchie

From 3 to 7 | 192 pages

Everyday childhood activities, such as an excursion to the park, splashing in the bathtub, or fixing a snack in the kitchen, can arouse many questions in young children. Why is the sky blue? Why does my stomach g-r-r-owl? Why do cows moo? Curious kids want to know, and no adult has all the answers.

The 10th anniversary edition of Why? provides kid-friendly explanations for nearly one hundred of these everyday mysteries for a whole new generation of children. This delightfully light storybook approach takes young readers inside the kitchen and out to the park, from the farm to the supermarket, and from bathtime to bedtime. The question and answer format reveals fascinating tidbits about nature, science and the world around us.

Bright, playful illustrations by Scot Ritchie are the perfect complement, setting the scenes for the common questions that kids ask. Perfect for reading aloud at bedtime or in a classroom setting, Why? combines the best qualities of nonfiction and picture book to delight young readers.

Catherine Ripley quenches kids' thirst for knowledge...Bright, cartoonish and often humorous illustrations help demonstrate the answers. - Publishers Weekly
…a fabulous book for kids who just can’t stop wondering about the world around them…Why? will help nurture a playful, scientific curiosity in early-school-aged children. - Today’s Parent
With its subtitle, The Best Ever Question and Answer Book About Nature and the World Around You, this book promises much and delivers on that promise for its intended readership. The questions are divided into categories indicative of where or when they might pop up — i.e. bath time, night time, the supermarket, the kitchen or the farm. In the latter category is, for example, the question, `Why do horses sleep standing up?' There is a longish (and good) answer, but the short answer is: `For a quick get-away. - The Globe and Mail
A useful, interesting, and enjoyable read. - School Library Journal
Both author and illustrator are to be commended...this book [is] a useful resource for both parent and child. - Quill & Quire
...I recommend Why?...It helps children to notice, wonder, and ask questions based on observations. - CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials
This book is a terrific place to find answers in simple, kid-friendly terms…I fully recommend having this on your shelf. - Shelf Candy
...a colorful and well-written collection...it answers many of children's most pressing questions — and it's a picture book too! - Professionally Speaking
Canadian Toy Testing Council, Top 25 Great Books, 2002
Science Books & Films, Best Books, 2002
Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens Selection, 2011

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