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But Why?

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Majestic. Enchanting. Imaginative. This picture book pairs our most stunning illustrations with a masterful story.

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  • Purchase But Why? with any other Ethicool book to receive free shipping
  • Receive 25% off plus a free Ethicool library bag when you order this book as part of the Magical Book Set.

Recommended ages: for 2 - 10yrs old

Author: Elizabeth Pulsford

Illustrator: Francisco Fonseca

What is this picture book about? 

This story is inspired by the boundless curiosity of children and dedicated to every parent whose mornings and nights are backing-tracked by the dulcet tones of "Why?" "But why?" "But Why?" "But why?"  It follows Hazel Hare as she travels throughout the forest and implores her friends to help in her search for answers to some of life’s most challenging questions. What she discovers is truly illuminating.

Visually stunning and poetically masterful, But Why? appeals to the boundless curiosity of young minds, whilst also captivating them through the most incredible artwork.

A worthy bedtime story for the littlest of tots, or an imagination-fuelling mini-narrative even for your 10 year-old, this picture book has truly diverse appeal.       

An excerpt from the story

... She crept out from her warren, her face alight with awe,
at the kaleidoscope of colours playing on the forest floor.

Hazel wished for all the answers, and as each day dawned anew,
she would set out on her search, to discover just a few.
Hazel hopped about the undergrowth where she soon met Mole
and begged of him an answer, as he burrowed from his hole.

“Where do you find the faith, when all the world is night,
to trust the path you travel will climb towards the light?
Are there obstacles too mighty? Are there inclines far too steep?
How do you keep a candle burning when the darkness presses deep?”

Then she sat and scanned the canopy where Lemur and his monkey friend, 
swung with wild delight. She hoped an ear they’d lend.

"Where do you find such joy that you can always wear a smile?
Are there moments you feel heavy, if only for a while?
How do you laugh with such abandon and lose yourself in play,
on days when storm clouds gather and chase the sun away?"

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