Christopher Phillips Ceci Ann's Day of Why

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Ceci Ann's Day of Why

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Christopher Philips-known for promoting the art of Socratic inquiry to adults and older children around the world-now turns his attention to the very young. Ceci Ann approaches her day with an open and questioning mind. Why? Why not! This winsome model for thoughtful conversations will encourage young readers toward critical thinking in the years ahead.

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Called a "modern-day Socrates" CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS travels the U.S., facilitating hundreds of Socrates Cafés where ordinary people gather to ask questions—and questions about questions. He is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Society for Philosophical Inquiry, and the author of one book for grown-ups, Socrates Café: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy.

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In his first picture book, the author of the adult philosophy title The Socrates Cafe (2001) celebrates the big, evocative questions that often come out of the mouths of babes. Despite the title, the text never refers to a main character, consisting exclusively of open-ended why questions grouped into loosely rhyming verses: "Why are there birds? Why is there sky? Why are there words? Why is there why?" The absence of answers (or cues to guide discussion) may lead to frustration, but it's the striking illustrations by newcomer Arihara that give shape to Phillips' rather directionless words. Richly textured gouache paintings pair the questions with successive moments of a day in the life of an African American girl and portray her multicultural, urban community with an affection that calls forth Ezra Jack Keats. From classroom to playground to neighborhood and cozy home, these buoyant images provide little ones with plenty to look at and talk about--even if the accompanying questions fail to spark the intended dialogue. Jennifer Mattson
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