Why Am I Here?

Foreword Reviews - - Spotlight Reviews Children’s Picture Books -

Con­stance Or­beck-nilssen, Akin Duza­kin, il­lus­tra­tor Eerd­mans Books for Young Read­ers, Hard­cover $16 (32pp) 978-0-8028-5477-3

Why Am I Here? is a thought-pro­vok­ing story about a young girl who pon­ders her place in the world and won­ders what it would be like to live in a dif­fer­ent cli­mate or per­haps some far-off place rav­aged by war or some nat­u­ral dis­as­ter. The book is in­tended for ages five to nine and of­fers a valu­able op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore em­pa­thy. Soft il­lus­tra­tions de­pict the girl’s imag­in­ings of dif­fer­ent lives and mute some of the harsh re­al­i­ties she con­sid­ers. The lay­out in­cludes plenty of white space, which seems to of­fer a place for each child to imag­ine other pos­si­bil­i­ties for their own lives.

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