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Why? is a series of questions about animals. For example Why do kangaroos have pouches? Why do rhinos have horns on their noses? and Why are zebras striped? Along with the serious answer (as indicated by the asterisk) there are a few silly ones too. Why do elephants have trunks? To trumpet their goodbyes. We took the book into a first-grade classroom and read it aloud. It was as predicted wildly popular. Highly recommended. - Education Oasis
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Overview

Why? is a series of questions about animals. For example Why do kangaroos have pouches? Why do rhinos have horns on their noses? and Why are zebras striped? Along with the serious answer (as indicated by the asterisk) there are a few silly ones too. Why do elephants have trunks? To trumpet their goodbyes. We took the book into a first-grade classroom and read it aloud. It was as predicted wildly popular. Highly recommended. - Education Oasis
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Although the title (first published in Slovenia) may seem to indicate more philosophical subject matter, this paper-over-board book is actually a "Did you know" look at the animal kingdom-albeit one kicked up several notches by pleasingly corny jokes and elegantly naOf visual stylings. Prap profiles 14 animals (such as a zebra, whale and kangaroo) by posing a "Why?" question pertaining to each ("Why do lions have manes?" "Why do hyenas laugh?"). She then offers four unscientific answers, some of which sound like she isn't trying too hard ("Because" is one of the responses to the question about kangaroo pouches), but most of which display a fine understanding of a child's mind (one answer posits that elephants have trunks "to store snot"). The true scientific answer appears in a short paragraph on each spread's right margin ("Manes help to make lions look bigger, stronger and scarier. Manes also protect the lions' necks during fights") and so on. Set inside frames that stretch across the center of the spreads, Prap's animals offer readers a sidelong view and an animated expression (except for the crocodile, who is shedding tears). Her reliance on simple, bold shapes and strong black outlines will remind children of their own artwork, while her mottled textures, reminiscent of woodblock printing, add a dash of roughhewn sophistication. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"Silly, sensible, and scientific" are adjectives Prap uses for her book—all are excellent descriptors. Readers and listeners will be left giggling just by viewing the unique modernistic/cartoon-like illustrations. Each spread asks a prime question in a format such as, "Why does this animal do this and this one do that?" Pages feature zany illustrations of a kangaroo, zebra, elephant, camel, giraffe, and others. With each "Why" question comes some silly answers. For instance, this is how one page is set up: "Why do kangaroos have pouches? To put their toys in or to hide their bellybuttons." Page set-up displays the animal inside a rectangle with some questions and some answers falling into the border space. One answer always falls within the rectangle. A bonus comes in the form of a paragraph of factual information about the given animal. Without realizing it, youngsters learn true facts while being entertained. The simple concept of "Why" becomes powerful when presented in this manner. 2005 (orig. 2003), Kane/Miller, Ages 4 to 8.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929132805
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.46 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    Great kids book!

    This book was great for any age! I used it for a 1st grade classroom and a 5th grade classroom. Very cute, funny, and information text. Fun extension project: Have children choose an animal and make their own poster explaining funny and the real reason why that animal is the way they are.

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