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The Best Ever Question and Answer Book about Nature, Science and the World around You

by Catherine Ripley, illustrated by Scot Ritchie

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list price: $18.95
also available: Hardcover
published: April 2018
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.

Everyday childhood activities, such as an excursion to the park, splashing in the bathtub, or fixing a snack in the kitchen, can spark many questions in young children. Why is the sky blue? Why does my stomach g-r-r-owl? Why do cows moo? Curious kids want to know, and no adult has all the answers.

Bestseller Why? provides kid-friendly explanations for nearly 100 of these everyday mysteries in an engaging question-and-answer format. The book takes young readers inside the kitchen and out to the park, from the farm to the supermarket, and from bathtime to bedtime. Answers to questions submitted by real kids reveal fascinating tidbits about nature, science, and the world around us. Bright, playful illustrations by Scot Ritchie set the scenes for the common questions that kids ask. Whether read aloud at bedtime or explored in a classroom setting, Why? is a kid-approved nonfiction pick that will encourage inquiry and curiosity.

About the Authors

Catherine Ripley

CATHERINE RIPLEY is a former editor of chickaDEE Magazine as well as the author of several acclaimed children's books. She contributes regularly to children's magazines and lives in Fernie, British Columbia.
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Scot Ritchie

SCOT RITCHIE is an award-winning illustrator of more than 30 books for children including Why? by Catherine Ripley and Let's Go! by Lizann Flatt. He loves to travel and his work has taken him to London, Berlin, and Hawaii. He lives in Vancouver.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
3 to 7
p to 4
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens Selection
  • Commended, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Top 25 Great Books
  • Commended, Science Books & Films, Best Books
  • Winner, Smart Book Awards
Editorial Reviews

"Understanding the world around us is such a big part of learning, and Why? does that in a fun and approachable way."

— Picture Book Junkies

"This book is an excellent resource for any classroom, school or home library! Colorful illustrations accompany the fun and informative text."

— GreatSchools.net

"The perfect book for the child who always asks ‘Why?’"

— YABooksCentral.com

"This book is fun to pick up... You can open to any page and learn something fascinating... provides easily understood explanations for many of life’s everyday mysteries."

— Solano Magazine

"A fabulous book for kids who just can’t stop wondering about the world around them…Why? will help nurture a playful, scientific curiosity in early-school-aged children."

— Today’s Parent

"A useful resource for both parent and child."

— Quill & Quire

"The perfect book to answer all those never-ending why questions... a great book designed for future great thinkers."

— Picture Book Depot

"Great book for ages three to eight to help parents answer some of their kids' weird questions."

— Kitchener-Waterloo Record

"This book is a terrific place to find answers in simple, kid-friendly terms... I fully recommend having this on your shelf."

— Shelf Candy

"This book is an excellent reference for any classroom, school or home library! Colorful illustrations accompany the fun and informative text."

— DisneyFamily.com

"A colorful and well-written collection... it answers many of children's most pressing questions — and it's a picture book too!"

— Professionally Speaking

"This book is a terrific way to satisfy your child's curiosity while encouraging inquisitive thinking... It's sure to delight, inform and entertain."

— St. John's Telegram

"I recommend Why?... It helps children to notice, wonder, and ask questions based on observations."

— Canadian Review of Materials

"If you find yourself scrambling to explain why the sky is blue... this book can help you come through with some kid-friendly but scientifically accurate explanations."

— City Parent

"Reveals valuable and fascinating information about the things kids want to know. Bright, playful illustrations by Scot Ritchie are the perfect complement to the text, adding a further level of explanation."

— Regina Leader-Post

"Catherine Ripley quenches kids' thirst for knowledge...Bright, cartoonish and often humorous illustrations help demonstrate the answers."

— Publishers Weekly

"If you have a child in this age range, chances are you receive a stumper that starts with the magic word “why" just about every day... This question and answer book offers hungry learners dozens of easily digestible answers, accompanied with colorful illustrations, about topics related to our bodies, our homes, and the world beyond."

— Modern Babies & Children

"A useful, interesting, and enjoyable read."

— School Library Journal

"With its subtitle, The Best Ever Question and Answer Book About Nature and the World Around You, this book promises much and delivers on that promise for its intended readership. The questions are divided into categories indicative of where or when they might pop up — i.e. bath time, night time, the supermarket, the kitchen or the farm. In the latter category is, for example, the question, 'Why do horses sleep standing up?' There is a longish (and good) answer, but the short answer is: 'For a quick get-away.'"

— The Globe and Mail

"Cheery, simple color illustrations fill this wonderfully informative and entertaining book, enthusiastically recommended to parents and children’s library collections alike, in order to kindle a passion for learning in inquisitive young minds."

— Midwest Book Review

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Why? The Best Ever Question and Answer Book About Nature, Science and the World Around You

This special edition celebrates the book’s 10th anniversary and provides kid-friendly explanations for nearly 100 everyday mysteries for a whole new generation of children. Divided into six sections under the headings Bathtime Questions, Supermarket Questions, Nighttime Questions, Outdoor Questions, Kitchen Questions and Farm Animal Questions, this charmingly illustrated book will thrill inquisitive young readers and their parents. Originally published in 2001 by Owl Books/Greey de Pencier Inc. (Our Choice 2002).

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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