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Where Does Pepper Come From?
     

Where Does Pepper Come From?

by Brigitte Raab, Manuela Olten (Illustrator)
 

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Where does pepper come from? Why do bears hibernate? And why do snails carry their houses on their backs? Because they like to go camping? Of course not!

This book asks some of the things kids wonder about, and offers some really creative (but WRONG!) guesses. But you can't fool the kids in this book—"they know all the answers!

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Where does pepper come from? Why do bears hibernate? And why do snails carry their houses on their backs? Because they like to go camping? Of course not!

This book asks some of the things kids wonder about, and offers some really creative (but WRONG!) guesses. But you can't fool the kids in this book—"they know all the answers!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This question-and-answer book begins right on the cover with five silly answers (like "A pepper mill!") to the question posed in the title. The real answer comes inside on the title page. The other seven questions posed by Brigitte Raab include, "Why do bears hibernate in winter?", "Why is the sea salty?", and "Why are flamingos pink?" Within the book the answers are kept to one silly one and then, on the next spread, the actual facts. The pictures are, in truth, more fun than the facts, which are pretty basic because they are limited to two or three short sentences. Manuela Olten illustrates both the fanciful answer (on double-page spreads) and the reality (broken up into panels) in lively, imaginative scenes. Her use of space is clever, and her depictions of various animals (from flamingos to whales) make them seem as facially and physically expressive as any human. In keeping with the book's witty design, the answers are printed in a very reader-friendly font on what looks like graph paper. The book was first published in Germany as Wo wachst der Pfeffer? 2006, North-South Books, Ages 5 to 8.
—Abby McGanney Nolan
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The phrase "fun facts" actually lives up to its promise in this humorous cross between a science book and a riddle book. Each of seven questions is first given a funny answer ("Why do snails carry houses on their backs? Because they love to go camping!"). Readers turn the page to see a child saying, "No!" followed by a concise, factual answer. Topics range from the color of flamingos to the saltiness of the seas. The pattern works well, and, in a nice twist, is broken at the end of the book. "Why don't migrating birds get lost when they fly south in the fall? Because they have compasses in their beaks!" This seemingly silly answer turns out to be, in a way, true. The design is great; it's as simultaneously predictable and playful as the text. The cartoon-style paintings use soft earth tones and subtle humor. A minor disappointment is the lack of an afterword providing additional details. Otherwise, this book is a lively and appealing way to encourage youngsters' curiosity about the natural world. And any book that lets kids say, "No" so often is bound to be popular.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735820708
Publisher:
Ingram Pub Services
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.72(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Brigitte Raab studied nutrition and works as an author and editor. This is her first book for North-South Books.

Manuela Olten is a photographer, and designer. She got her degree in children's book illustration; from the High School for Design in Offenbach am Main, Germany.

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