Written by: Fran Pintadera
Illustrated by: Ana Sender
For ages: 4 years and up
Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning, Emotions, Growth, Family, STEM.
This is a very sweet story centered around a young boy named Mario asking his mother why people cry. Why, we cry for all sorts of reasons. Expressing emotions, such as crying, is a very natural thing. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s dictated who is allowed to cry (girls) and who isn’t (boys). Accompanied by illustrations that are at times whimsical (like critters in the forest or human clouds of anger raining tears), Mario’s mother talks about all of the emotions that can be associated with tears. Loneliness, sadness, anger, and happiness are just a few addressed in this stunning book.
We’re in an unprecedented and emotional time right now, and a book such as this can open the door for conversations and self-refection. In the back of the book, the reader can learn more about what tears are, and how they even look different depending on the emotions associated with the tears. Why Do We Cry? is truly a gorgeous book that brings many salient points to the forefront, particularly right now.
This book was kindly sent to us by Kids Can Press, but all opinions are our own! It will be available on April 7th, but was previously published in Spain in 2018.
About the Author & the Illustrator:
Fran Pintadera is a storyteller, theater director and an award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children. He lives in Spain.
Ana Sender was born in Terrassa (Barcelona), Spain in 1978. She studied Fine Arts and illustration at the Massana Art School in Barcelona, and completed her studies at the Francesca Bonemaisson school. She draws, writes, and imagines all sorts of stories. Her works have appeared both in many books and newspapers. Ana lives near the forest. Many of her illustrations are inspired by her dreams. She likes werewolves, wild things, and green swampy places.