From School Library Journal
PreS—This contemplative title will inspire children to ponder some of the mysteries of nature (how do birds learn to sing? How do the leaves change color?). Featuring vivid, textual acrylic illustrations that almost beg to be touched and quietly lyrical text in verse, this one is a treat for budding young philosophers.
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Inspired by an Italian song, this brightly illustrated picture book asks a series of questions related to the natural world. The rhyming text, translated from the original German, is simple enough for sharing with preschoolers. A horizontal painting, showing the cross section of the ground with four stages of a young plant�s growth, illustrates the question �How do seeds know how to grow, to reach up from the earth below?� The artwork for �What makes fire burn red and gold and makes it much too hot to hold?� is more abstract, with flowing shapes in overlapping tones of white, yellow, orange, and black. Best known for the Rainbow Fish series, Pfister uses a less controlled approach here, applying acrylic paints by printing them on paper using thick cut-cardboard shapes as blocks. Interesting fractal-like effects add texture. An illustrator�s note explains the technique and encourages readers to try it. This visually appealing picture book asks open-ended questions and lets children ponder the answers. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan