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Ceci Ann's Day of Why
     

Ceci Ann's Day of Why

by Christopher Phillips
 

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Christopher Philips-known for promoting the art of Socratic inquiry to adults and older children around the world-now turns his attention to the very young. Ceci Ann approaches her day with an open and questioning mind. Why? Why not! This winsome model for thoughtful conversations will encourage young readers toward critical thinking in the years ahead.

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Christopher Philips-known for promoting the art of Socratic inquiry to adults and older children around the world-now turns his attention to the very young. Ceci Ann approaches her day with an open and questioning mind. Why? Why not! This winsome model for thoughtful conversations will encourage young readers toward critical thinking in the years ahead.

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Publishers Weekly
Phillips's (The Philosophers' Club) moving and delightfully rendered picture book pays tribute to the rewards of being fully present in the world. As the African-American heroine looks around her, she's inspired to ask a host of interesting questions, all of them beginning with "Why?" "Why are there birds?/ Why is there sky?" she asks as she walks to school with her dad. "Why are there words?/ Why is there why?" She never hears the answers, but they are beside the point anyway; what's important-and empowering-is Ceci Ann's attentiveness, her openness to phenomena both profound ("Why is that round?" she ponders when kids blow bubbles on the playground) to silly (fun with her best friend makes her wonder, "Why do we giggle? Why do we gush?"). Using Phillip's spare, Zen-like rhymes as a springboard, newcomer Arihara takes flight with her gouache spreads of everyday childhood situations. At times, the mood is contemplative, but the pictures never feel overly austere or ruminative. Mostly, the simple shapes, bright colors and evocative textures (suggesting a clay wall or a grassy playground) portray a world full of activity and maybe even a bit scary at times (there is a run-in with a bully and a big dog). A sense of calm emanates from the heart of the pictures, and it's clear that Ceci Ann's questions are the result of feeling loved and secure. Ages 4-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Ceci asks a series of "why" questions which begin as she walks to school and asks, "Why are there birds? Why is there sky? Why are there words? Why is there why?" In simple rhymes, she continues to ask questions as she goes through the school day, plays with her friend, walks home, and celebrates her little brother's birthday. Her questions are all speculative, as she never receives answers, and the questions she asks, such as "Why make memories?" are questions that promote imaginative thinking and discussion. Young readers will identify with Ceci as she ponders the puzzles of everyday life. Uncluttered and peaceful illustrations accompany the easy-to-read verse. Charming little birds, mostly yellow, are seen throughout the book. The unique concept of the text enhances a subtle approach to higher-level thinking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582461717
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Pages:
30
Product dimensions:
8.92(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Called a "modern-day Socrates" CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS travels the U.S., facilitating hundreds of Socrates Cafés where ordinary people gather to ask questions—and questions about questions. He is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Society for Philosophical Inquiry, and the author of one book for grown-ups, Socrates Café: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy.

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