Carl and the Meaning of Life


Carl is not a bird or a bear or a beaver.  He is a worm and he spends eery day tunneling up and down, digesting dead leaves, turning hard dirt into fluffy dirt, day after day.  Until one day Mouse asks Carl a question.  Mouse says, "Why do you do that?"

Carl doesn't know the answer so he decides to set out on a journey to find out.

48 pages 978-0451474988 Ages 3-7

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,

Keywords:  finding yourself, belonging, being included, values, identity, individuality, connections, 3 year olds, 4 year olds, 5 year olds, 6 year olds, self image, self acceptance, self esteem, self respect, worms


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.--from the publisher

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