From the often Caldecott-buzzed Deborah Freedman, a sweet and funny story about finding your place in the world.
Carl is an earthworm. He spends his days happily tunneling in the soil until a field mouse asks him a simple question that stops him short: “Why?” Carl’s quest takes him on an adventure to meet all the animals of the forest, each of whom seems to know exactly what they were put on this earth to do, unlike the curious Carl. But it’s not until the world around him has changed that Carl begins to realize everyone, no matter how small, makes a big difference just by being themselves.
Deborah Freedman was shy as a child. Now she is the sometimes shy, sometimes brave author of several picture books for children, including By Mouse and Frog, The Story of Fish and Snail, Blue Chicken, and Scribble. She lives in a quiet house in Connecticut, where she happily read and draws and listens to birds sing. You can learn more about Deborah at deborahfreedman.net.
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