Article Title

Just Because


Krista Alletto


Outstanding, Toddler, Preschool, Primary, Imagination, Questions, Curiosity, Bedtime

Document Type

Book Review


After tucking his young daughter into bed, a father is waylaid by questions in his attempt to leave the room. “Why is the ocean blue?” “Why do birds fly south for the winter?” and “What are black holes?” the daughter asks. The father doesn't miss a beat and supplies an array of fantastical, imaginative, and absolutely inaccurate answers. As he does so, he incrementally moves closer and closer until finally, he is sitting next to his daughter on her bed. Despite their lack of validity, the delightfully nonsensical answers do the trick and ease the little girl into a peaceful, and likely imaginative, sleep.