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Why We Have Day and Night Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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“Beautiful, minimalist illustrations on jet black pages fit perfectly with the message of this book. The questions that open the book—did the ink spill? Did our eyes burst?—drew my kids in and captured their attention.” --LibraryThing Early Reviewer
“A charming book that uses a quirky storyline and very cool illustrations to explain to younger readers why we have dark and light (or night and day to be exact). Younger readers will revel in the slight silliness that goes on in parts, inquisitive readers will perhaps want to learn more about the hows and whys of time and our solar system.” --LibraryThing Early Reviewer
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Being a blend of real science explained in a way that kids can understand and mostly nonsense this will appeal to children and adults who have a sense of humor. Anyone wanting pure nonfiction science picture books and to only discuss things in factual serious ways will not like this book.
Perhaps some would say this book is weird, when really it's just funny and telling realistic ways that children's minds work. I appreciate the silliness as it's a reminder of the fresh, uninhibited way that the minds of curious children work. Children outgrow that way of thinking and talking when they get older and begin to fear criticism or ridicule by others from what they say, so enjoy that phase while your children are in it.
As an adult, I'm thinking about this book a bit deeper. I find it funny that adults also sometimes fall prey to this line of thinking. They don't know something, they ponder on how and why it is and come up with false notions and crazy ideas sometimes a worst case scenario. When facts are shared to explain it, they sometimes don't want to believe them and go back to believing the nonsense. They hold onto their original ideas or go looking for even more explanations which are disconnected from the true facts.
Edward Gorey illustrated this children's picture book and his style and illustrations makes the book fun. Fans of the artwork of Gorey will especially enjoy this book.Read more ›