Did You Burp? How to Ask Questions (Or Not!)
April Pulley Sayre, author
April Pulley Sayre is the award-winning author of more than sixty-five nonfiction books for children and adults, including Trout Are Made of Trees, Best in Snow, The Slowest Book Ever, and the Geisel Honor Book Vulture View. Each year she speaks to more than 15,000 students - who ask her lots and lots of questions. Did you know that April lives in South Bend, Indiana?
Leeza Hernandez, illustrator
Leeza Hernandez has illustrated several books for children, including Eat Your Math Homework, Eat Your Science Homework, Eat Your U.S. History Homework, and Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo. She has also written and illustrated books, including Dog Gone! and Cat Napped! Leeza lives in Central New Jersey, but could you guess that she's originally from England?
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Kirkus Reviews, starred review
What are questions, and what are they good for? On a beach, in a garden, visiting a museum, sitting in class with the president of the United States (a woman of color, as it happens), and elsewhere a racially diverse and compulsively inquisitive group of children demonstrate the ins and outs of productive questioning: "Are you the new teacher?" "Is this a veggie burger?" "Do you know if walruses have ears?" "Where do you park Air Force One?" Sayre describes how speakers use words such as "who" or "where" plus intonation to formulate questions in English (with a brief excursion into Spanish: "Where is the gerbil?" "¿Dónde está el jerbo?"). In explaining that questions can express curiosity or care for others as well as simply act as requests for information, she also points out situational subtleties: "Did you burp, Madam President?" can be discomfiting in some contexts, for instance, but appropriate in, say, the course of a medical exam. She also suggests that "How" questions can "ask in a gentle way about feelings, tender topics, and complicated subjects," and that it's OK to make mistakes in the course of learning what works and when. Younger audiences, hard-wired to start asking questions from an early age, at last have a toolbox for formulating more and better ones. "So be brave," the author concludes. "Be bold. Ask questions!" Funny, thoughtful, and rewarding to read, no question.
A fun and comprehensive introduction to asking questions. A group of young students, diverse in both skintones and ability (some are wearing glasses, and one uses a prosthetic leg), demonstrate why we ask questions, how we ask questions, when not to ask questions (“Did you burp, Madam President?”), and what questions are not (“A question doesn’t tell a long story”). Words like “who,” “when,” and “why” are explained (“‘Where’ asks about location”) and used in examples (“Where should we plant these?”). The illustrations combine printmaking and handmade textures through digital collage. A non-judgmental, useful resource that encourages readers to “Be brave. Be bold. Ask questions!”
ISBN: 978-1-63289-585-1 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-63289-586-8 PDF
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Page count: 32
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