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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: North-South Books (Nord-Sud Verlag AG); New edition edition (27 Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558589961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558589964
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.5 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a frog sits peacefully smelling a flower, a mouse digs his way out of the ground, and for no apparent reason attacks him. This cautionary tale, though worldless, speaks volumes about the absurdity of aggression and the co nsequences of violence '

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec 2000
Format: Paperback
War and unnecessary violence. Sounds just like the kind of thing you want to keep out of the reach of a boisterous 3 year old boy.However, my boy is enthralled by it, as was I, from the moment we first picked up this book. Popov set out to illustrate to children the futility of conflict and he chose the simplest way of doing it through simple, stark images that all beg the question: Why? The parent and the child have to fill in the gaps and consider the question on their own. A real eye opener and at the top of my recommended list the moment your child can ask the question: Why? Not surprisingly my 3 year old niece loves it too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By book collector on 10 Dec 2008
Format: Paperback
I use this book to help my young children understand the potential of not forgiving each other or their friends. The message is there for them to easily understand. A great tool in an accessible form.
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By Ian on 14 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful gift for a child, I haven't seen a more beautifully illustrated childrens book. Educational, visually gorgeous and, now that it is out of print, an investment for when they are are older (provided they take care of it!)
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This is a great book for getting children to raise questions and to think about the cause and effect links of actions. As it has no words it can be used by the skilful teacher to work with children from kindergarden to university.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Pictures worth a thousand words 1 May 2000
By "mvbrancaccio" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Popov's allegorial tale is a witty and provocative tale that will appeal to "readers" of all ages. His drawings have a dark comedic edge that does not undermine the seriousness of his message. "Why?" is a wonderful book for stimulating discussion on conflict, its causes and its end results. Bravo, Popov, for a job well done.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Fabulous Book for Older Children 30 Nov 2001
By Bree E. Hinds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am currently a 5th grade teacher, but I have shared this book with 4th graders also. It is a great book to bring out when "trouble" begins to brew in your classroom. The students are facinated with a "wordless" book, and they also enjoy reading a picture book (something they often do not read as they get older).
This book illustrates what happens when 2 individuals start an argument and then gain assistance from others who are not originally involved, resulting in a large catastrophe . These situations happen many times on the playground, and all I have to do is show them this book and discuss that fighting does not improve anything.
I recommend this to all upper grade teachers. I enjoy it, and it teaches a valuable lesson in life.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Enlightening 17 Nov 2006
By Daniel Waisberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think that this book is really the most profound explanation of how a war starts and how it ends. I have used this wordless amazing book in order to discuss with children about war. I have taught a course called 'The little philosopher' in a gifted children institute; I sat with the kids and each child had to tell the story of one page. The class was so great! This picture book is a wonderful educational material.

I believe that Popov succeeded in teaching (with beautiful pictures) that one should always stop and re-think the reasons of a deep conflict. As an Israeli, I can see how difficult this can be! In addition, it reminded me of my childhood; I have three older brothers (the difference in age between four of us is 6 years) and our home was literally a battle field.

Do the world a favor, buy many copies of Why? and distribute them to whoever you know!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 17 Jun 2004
By chicoer2003 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was looking at this book with my sister (who's a teacher), and we loved it. There's no writting, so children can discuss what happened in th argument etc... It's also a story that can mean many things, from fights on the playground to war.
A true work of art 22 Aug 2008
By Jamahv - Published on Amazon.com
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Though the lovely and whimsical quality of the illustrations in this book would certainly appeal to children as well as many an adult, the thought-provoking content makes it most suitable as a prompt for discussion. Back in the day before I retired from teaching I would have certainly used this book as a discussion starter in any of my middle school history classes, as it makes graphically clear how the us-them mentality leads to hostility. I could even see it used as an allegory for schoolyard brawls!

Along with Eve Bunting's Terrible Things, this book shows how "children's" literature can cross genre barriers.
Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust
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