We, the Curious Ones

Candlewick. Nov. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781536218596.
Gr 1-4–Written in beautiful lyrical poetry, award-winning author Bauer presents a tale of human endeavor and history. This picture book tells the story of how the curiosity, questioning, and struggle of human beings has led to discovery and change. She begins with, “Birds sing. Bees dance. Wolves howl, ‘I am here! I am here!’ But we are the ones who tell stories.” These wonderful words are aptly paired with shimmering colors and intricate cut-paper artwork. This thought-provoking book takes readers on the journey from early mythology to modern science and ponders the symbiotic relationship between science and story. The poems come full circle, ending with, “Dogs bow. Prairie dogs kiss. Fireflies flash, ‘Come to Me! Come to Me!’ Trees talk to one another underground. And we, the curious ones, the ones who discover, tell stories.” When shared with young readers, these poems will spark discussion about the power of story and our part in the universe. Students will be encouraged to look at stories with new eyes, ask questions, and engage in thoughtful discussion that promotes higher level thinking skills. Somewhat reminiscent of the questioning response evoked in Oliver Jeffers’s Here We Are, Jon J Muth’s The Three Questions, and Kobi Yamada’s Noticing, this work might also be paired with Rebecca Lewis-Oakes’s STEAM title Mythical Science. A comprehensive afterword explores how early folktales described the universe and more.
VERDICT A book of poems that asks philosophical questions to provoke thought, encourage curiosity, and inspire young readers with a new appreciation and understanding about the world around them.

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