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Why? Hardcover – September 10, 2005

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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

"Why? exhibits clarity and humor that reflect well on the translator s ability to convey the essence of Prap s work." --- Foreword magazine

"A few silly answers give parent and child the chance to laugh together before the real because answer; and she throws in extra fun factoids. Prap's chunky, texturized style will have parents scrambling to find prints by the artist with which to redecorate playroom walls." --- Curled Up Kids

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Pub (September 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929132808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929132805
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,129,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Celje, Slovenia. I graduated at Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. I worked as architect, teacher and graphic designer in Germany and in Slovenia. Now I'm free-lance artist, working on smaller architectural projects and interior decoration, graphic design, cartoons and books for children.
I was awarded for satire, illustration, literature and design in Slovenia. I received an international IBBY Certificate of Honour for Illustration 2002, nominated for the German Literature Award 2005, the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration 2006 and the Astrid Lindgren Award for Illustration 2006.
In 2008 Japanese national TV made series of animations from my book Why
I live and work in Smarjeta, a small village near Celje in Slovenia.
This year I opened a gallery with my original works in my hometown.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Anne Heiner VINE VOICE on September 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Lila Prap's "Why?" is a scientifically sound question and answer book disguised as a silly riddle book. Each two page spread features an animal, a question, and several possible answers. "Why do kangaroos have pouches?" One ludicrous answer is "To hide their bellybuttons." The correct answer is marked with a star, always found on the far right of the page. The rest of the ridiculous answers follow kid logic and some adult logic, especially those adults driven quite mad by a little one's unending "Why?" questions. While the illustrations and short text are well-suited to preschoolers, older children will also fully enjoy the book's information and humor. A nice introductory book to the mysteries of the animal kingdom for ages 4+.

Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader on August 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Kane Miller Book Publishers brings us challenging and imaginative titles from around the world. I adore this book from Slovenia. Humor and facts work together in this animal book. Silly and factual answers to questions are the framework.

Why do whales spout water?

They're watering the sea grass.

It's their runy noses! They always have colds.

For fun.

* Whales don't spout water but from a distance it might look as if they do...When they come to the surface of the the water, they blow the moist air out fo their nose--the blowhole on top of their head.

The illustrations are chalk or pastel and will inspire the artist in all of us. This is a book I would want to share with art teachers.

It is also an excellent model for a research or Big 6 product. Animal reports are a staple of research skills lessons. Students could illustrate their animal and surround it with facts they discovered through research.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on November 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Inquiring minds want to know. Why do hyenas laugh? Why do hippos yawn? Why do crocodiles cry? The perfect animal book for curious children. Fourteen animal misconceptions are laid to rest, with clear scientific reasoning. Luckily for the reader, we are also provided with several nonsensical answers just for ... fun!

The format is visually pleasing - large scale animal drawings surrounded on all four sides by text in various fonts and sizes. The serious answer runs down the right hand column, clearly marked with a bold star. It's a smart way to present the competing responses without the pages appearing congested.

If Why? Why? Why? is often uttered at your house, this is an ideal book. This facade of silliness is masking the fact that kids are learning some very interesting truths about animals. Most enjoyable of all is hearing the responses these elicit from your child's imagination.

As a side note, our test group of kids found the animal caricatures in the front and back of the book to be uproarious. One animal's head paired with another's body results in new breeds such as a Snakamel (Snake + Camel) and a Walmonkey (Walrus + Monkey).
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jordan Scott on February 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love the concept of this book and I think

parents and kids will have a lot of fun with it... and

there are just a few points of execution that would

make it even better.

Yes, the scientific "correct" answer is always

in the right hand column with a star next

to it... but the questions and the "wrong"

answers are scattered and not easy to immediately

discern.

Solution? Teach young children what makes a

question a question... and what makes a silly

answer just a silly answer... perhaps a note to

parents explaining this in the front of the book

would have been beneficial.

The illustrations are befitting the jungle

theme - whimsical, too - with the earthy tones

one delights to find.

My favorite question is "Why do rhinos have horns?"

Answers: You'll have to read the book to find out!
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This is a great book for starting conversations, and discussing the difference between silly and fact. My four-year-old daughter loves this book.
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