Why? / Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Illustrations and simple text reveal that, even when a pesky rabbit annoys his bear friend with too many questions, their friendship remains strong.
    • Notes:
      "Neal Porter Books."
    • ISBN:
      9780823441730
      0823441733
    • Accession Number:
      2018028293
    • Accession Number:
      on1045660970
      1045660970
    • Accession Number:
      fay.660834
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      SEEGER, L. V. Why? [s.l.] : Holiday House, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Seeger LV. Why? Holiday House; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.660834. Accessed November 18, 2019.
    • APA:
      Seeger, L. V. (2019). Why? Holiday House. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.660834
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. 2019. Why? Holiday House. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.660834.
    • Harvard:
      Seeger, L. V. (2019) Why? Holiday House. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.660834 (Accessed: 18 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Seeger, LV 2019, Why?, Holiday House, viewed 18 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Why? Holiday House, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.660834.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Why? Holiday House, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.660834.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Seeger LV. Why? [Internet]. Holiday House; 2019 [cited 2019 Nov 18]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.660834

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 May #2

*Starred Review* One of Seeger's great talents is distilling a child's concerns to their essence. Here the stand-in for the child is a sweet white rabbit who can be frisky and contemplative by turns, but what she does most consistently is ask the one-word question of the title. A shaggy brown bear with a remarkably expressive face is helpfully there to answer. What Rabbit is questioning never needs to be spelled out, because it is so simply depicted in the lovely, focused watercolor illustrations. As he waters flowers, Bear responds to the why? by saying, Because flowers need water to grow. As Bear guzzles pots of honey, the reason is because it tastes good. And when he's lying against a rock, holding his stomach, it's because he ate too much. But for some things, there are no answers. Rabbit spies a robin dead in the snow, and a sad Bear can only say, Sometimes I don't know why. This celebration of friendship, which Seeger moves seamlessly through the seasons, gives children the opportunity to intuit that, while things change, there is also stability in love and relationships. A poignant ending reiterates that bond, which will be touching for children who like to ask plenty of questions and for the adults on whose laps they sit. Preschool-Kindergarten. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 May #2

A little white rabbit is always asking, "Why?"—to which his kind, even-tempered bear friend usually has a simple but satisfying response. "Why?" the rabbit asks, watching the bear water a patch of blooms. "Because flowers need water to grow," the bear replies. Seasonal watercolor spreads by Seeger (Blue) are idyllic; the bear, painted in radiant, translucent oranges and browns, is patient but not paternal, which grants the small wiry rabbit a modicum of independence. But when winter arrives and the latter finds a dead cardinal in the snow—a startling but beautiful image—the refrain suddenly becomes too big for even the massive bear: "I don't know why. Sometimes I just don't know why," it says, trudging away to hibernate. Coming full circle, the rabbit asks its friend to stay ("Why?" the bear asks. "Because then I would miss my friend.... That's why") and patiently keeps watch while the bear sleeps. But the ending feels more flat than uplifting, and readers may not be able to get past rabbit's toddlerlike querying habit to appreciate its fondness for its friend. Ages 4–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Aug.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.