Why is the Sky Blue? and Other Outdoor Questions


32 pages
ISBN 1-895688-44-2
DDC j508





Illustrations by Scot Ritchie
Reviewed by Christy Conte

Christy Conte is a member of the Parents Advisory Committee at the
YMCA’s Parent and Child Enrichment Centre, and a journalist.


Why Is the Sky Blue? is another excellent book by former editor
Catherine Ripley. As in her three previous titles, Ripley demonstrates a
keen understanding of the childish mind. Her most recent effort focuses
on outdoor questions such as “Why do dogs sniff everything?”, “Why
do worms come out when it’s wet?”, and “What’s that white line
in the sky?” (Answer: it’s a trail of ice!)

Each question is given two pages: one for a concise, reader-friendly
explanation, and the other for a lively illustration. Sentences are
short, and the scientifically accurate ideas are charmingly expressed.
Scot Richie’s drawings can be enjoyed on their own, extending this
book’s usefulness as a stand-alone picture book. Any of the bright
paperbacks in this series would make a useful and enduring addition to a
young child’s home library or classroom. Highly recommended.


Ripley, Catherine., “Why is the Sky Blue? and Other Outdoor Questions,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 12, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/32089.