Why Do you cry? Not a Sob Story
Illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
Ages 4 to 8
Henry Holt, 2006, 0-8050-7319-1
Little Rabbit is almost five and he has come to a very important decision: that he is done with crying. After all crying “is for babies, and I’m not a baby anymore.” Now Little Rabbit sets about inviting his friends to his fifth birthday party. Of course he only wants to invite big animals like himself who don’t cry. Poor Little Rabbit then hits a snag. It would appear that all his best friends, including the horse who is quite old, cry every so often out of fear, pain, or just plain unhappiness.
What a predicament. Little Rabbit goes to discuss the situation with his mother who is so gentle, so wise, and so understanding. From her Little Rabbit discovers that it is all right to cry, even when you are quite grown up and that there are many reasons for crying, including crying from happiness.
Little Rabbit’s simple and yet important discovery is one that some people never make. This picture book will help children understand that crying and showing your emotions is an acceptable, even good, thing to do at times. Children will be comforted to know that they don’t have to give up crying as thy get older and they will see that it is important to talk through your problems when something confuses you.
The author’s simple message is perfectly complimented by the spare yet warm folkloric style artwork.
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