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Groundwood Spring 2014

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    9781554987337 Picture book, PDF, $14.95
  • Reading Levels

    Lexile measure: AD470L Guided Reading Level: K Reading Recovery Level: 18
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    For sale with exclusive rights in: WORLD
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    Distributor: UTP Distribution Supplies to: CA Availability: Available On Sale Date: Jun 01, 2014 Carton Quantity: 60 $16.95 CAD
  • Supply Detail (US)

    Distributor: Publishers Group West Supplies to: US Availability: Available On Sale Date: Jun 01, 2014 Carton Quantity: 60 $16.95 USD
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Why Are You Doing That?
By (author): Elisa Amado Illustrated by: Manuel Monroy
Elisa Amado ,

Illustrated by :

Manuel Monroy


Groundwood Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Picture book, Printed dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 7, Grade (US) P - 2
Jun 01, 2014
$16.95 CAD


8in x 7 x 0.35 in | 0.54 lb

Page Count:

28 pages


Full colour throughout
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens 2014, Commended
  • Short Description
A curious little boy learns all about food and where it comes from in this companion to Amado and Monroy’s first picture book, What Are You Doing?

Chepito is full of questions. Why is his mother cooking eggs and frying beans? Why is Manuel digging around the corn? Why is Ramón milking the cow? Why is Maria slapping dough between her hands? In this simply told story, a little boy learns all about food and where it comes from.

Following on the success of What Are You Doing? Elisa Amado and Manuel Monroy have created another gem of a picture book, this time about food — where it comes from, how we nurture food plants and animals, and what we eat to be healthy and strong.

Manuel Monroy sweetly depicts Chepito’s world — a rural community where people grow much of their own food and raise chickens and cows — giving young children a clear picture of the origins of foods they consume every day.

Includes a short glossary.

ELISA AMADO is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written My Friend (Mi amiga), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano; Un Barrilete para el Día de los Muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead; Cousins (Primas), illustrated by Luis Garay; and Tricycle (El triciclo), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book. She lives in Toronto.

Manuel Monroy is one of Mexico’s most accomplished, award-winning illustrators whose work has appeared in children’s books, in magazines, on posters, and most recently in animation projects. He has also exhibited his art in Mexico, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan and the Netherlands. Manuel lives in Mexico City.

An energetic, simple exploration of food’s journey from farm to table for today’s young locavores. - Kirkus Reviews

Using an earthy palette of greens, browns, and oranges, the pictures have a strong sense of place . . . [A] strong selection for libraries dedicated to maintaining diverse collections. - School Library Journal

What may appear to be a simple book about a child and his questions ends up being a very clever story about where food comes from as the farm to table movement grows, it is a wonderful lesson to teach young children. . . . Highly Recommended. - CM Magazine

Why Are You Doing That? not only tells a charming story, but, as an added benefit, shows young readers how their food winds up on their plate. - National Post

Together, Amado and Monroy present Chepito’s world as a pleasant and purposeful one where children, adults, animals, and crops are bound together in a traditional and appealing way of life. - Quill & Quire

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