Author/Illustrator: Wolf Erlbruch, winner of the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
Publisher: Europa Editions, 2003; original title: Le grande question, translated by Michael Reynolds
Themes: self-perception, questions and answers
Opening: Your brother says: *You’re here on earth to celebrate your birthday, of course.”
Summary: (from my library catalog) A child, on his 5th birthday, asks why are we here, and receives a number of different answers.
Why I like this book: very simply, and beautifully, the book addresses why we our main character is here on earth, as perceived through multiple characters and examples. Many thanks to Rainer Pleyer for pointing my attention toward this book!
Resources/Activities: come up with more characters and create examples, maybe a picturebook maker would say, “You’re here for me to tell you stories.” ; read the book in the first post in this series HERE or the second HERE
For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
I took the book pictures just before the one above of the big spring snow dump! Picture taken before the end of the storm – hope the shrubs will recover!