Why Do You Cry?: Not a Sob Story

Overview

Crying is just for babies—right?

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said of Kate and M. Sarah Klise’s first picture book, Shall I Knit You A Hat?: “The Klises consistently sound notes of tenderness and humor.” They continue to do so as Little Rabbit and his mother return in a sweet new story.

 

Little Rabbit is about to turn five, and he decides he’s all through with crying. He doesn’t want crybabies at his birthday party, so he tells ...

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Overview

Crying is just for babies—right?

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said of Kate and M. Sarah Klise’s first picture book, Shall I Knit You A Hat?: “The Klises consistently sound notes of tenderness and humor.” They continue to do so as Little Rabbit and his mother return in a sweet new story.

 

Little Rabbit is about to turn five, and he decides he’s all through with crying. He doesn’t want crybabies at his birthday party, so he tells his friends they can come only if they’re big, like him, and don’t cry anymore. When all of his friends admit to crying sometimes, Little Rabbit is shocked. Does everybody cry? Why?

 

Why Do You Cry? is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The rabbit duo from Shall I Knit You a Hat? returns for a gentle tale that explains how no one ever really outgrows tears. There's no crying at age five-at least, that's what Little Rabbit, on the verge of his fifth birthday, believes. "I'm done with crying... Crying is for babies, and I'm not a baby anymore," he tells his mother. What's more, anyone else who cries is disinvited to his birthday party. The cat confesses to tears, for instance, "when I'm alone and it's dark and the shadows on the wall look like big, mean giants." The bunny soon discovers that this exclusionary policy will rule out not only all of his friends, but his mother, too. Kate Klise skillfully handles the matter of grownups who cry: Mother Rabbit explains that a sad movie or a toothache can move her to tears, as can the "proud and happy" feeling she gets when she sees how far her little one has come. A celebration ensues, (and readers will spot Mother Rabbit dabbing her eyes as she takes in this milestone event). M. Sarah Klise sidesteps preciousness by virtue of her crisp shapes and radiant, saturated colors. Her depiction of crying animals strikes just the right tone: pale blue droplets simply tumble out of their eyes, as if the tears were a force of nature and not a sign of weakness. Those on the cusp of kindergarten should find the Klise sisters' message a source of comfort. Ages 3-7. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
Little Rabbit has decided that he is big—for he is now five and is having a birthday party. One thing that he knows is that big kids don't cry. Only babies cry. So if anyone cries, they are not going to be invited to his birthday party. It turns out that his party will be very lonely. All his friends cry (for various reasons). In fact, even Mother Rabbit cries sometimes (today because she is so happy that Little Rabbit is so big). The acrylic illustrations on Bristol board give a nice depth and flavor to the story. (However, it does seem strange that Mother Rabbit wears clothes when all the other animals do not.) Also, there is a strange mix of animal and human traits in each character (a horse will be in a field being stung by a bee in one picture and in the beauty shop getting his mane and tail done in the next). This is a nice text for toddlers who want to grow up too fast—or for their parents who lovingly watch them.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This reassuring tale features the characters from Shall I Knit You a Hat? (Holt, 2004). Almost five, Little Rabbit decides that he is all done with crying. He wants to have a "grown-up" birthday party, with guests who have also outgrown crying. As he extends his invitations, he is surprised to learn that his friends still shed tears, and for a variety of reasons. The squirrel admits to crying when feeling left out of a game and the cat cries when frightened. The horse's silly explanation helps keep the tone light: "I cry-when I try a new hairstyle and don't like the way I look." Little Rabbit returns home disappointed, only to discover that Mother Rabbit still cries too, sometimes even when she is happy. The warm acrylic illustrations have a retro quality and are full of humor and detail: Little Rabbit finds the cat at the fish market (naturally); the horse's new coiffure is a bit ridiculous; and the animals play pin the tail on the rabbit at the party. A great choice for reading aloud or one-on-one sharing, this tale will prompt comments from children, who will relate to the characters and enjoy the rich artwork.-Robin L. Gibson, Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Little Rabbit is five and that's too old to cry. So he decides not to invite anyone who still cries to his birthday party. As he issues and withdraws his invitations, he discovers that all of his friends cry about something. Even his mother cannot meet his criteria because she cries also, even when she's happy. She explains that tears are perfectly acceptable in a great many situations-or for no reason at all. So he goes ahead with his birthday party and only his mother cries. Children will often go to great lengths to avoid being seen as "babies." Author Klise presents young readers with a gentle lesson about growing up. Illustrator Klise fills her bright acrylic illustrations with delightful detail. Little Rabbit and his friends are lean and wiry-and appealing. However, both the script font used for the cover title and the subtitle pun are unnecessary complications for the intended audience. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805073195
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 5/30/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 424,441
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Klise lives and writes on her farm in a valley north of Norwood, Missouri.

M. Sarah Klise draws and paints in her studio in Berkeley, California.

Kate and Sarah are sisters who have previously collaborated on novels and the picture book Shall I Knit You a Hat?

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