Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1984, 1st ed.
Ages: 5 and up
Themes: humorous stories, contemplating life, philosophy
Opening: Two small figures made of wood were lying out in the sun one day on an old newspaper. One was short, fat, and painted pink; the other was straight, thin, and painted yellow. It was hot and quiet, and they were both wondering.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Two painted wooden figures argue about where they came from, whether they just happened by accident or were created by some other being.
I like this book because: The story touches delicately with subtle humor on the perennial question: Why are we here?
Resources/activities: great book to start a discussion about where we come from and why we are here in an open-minded classroom.