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Did You Burp?: How to Ask Questions...or Not!

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Asking questions may seem like it comes naturally, but it's actually a learned social skill. How do questions and answers work? What makes a good question--and what makes a rude one? Who cares about questions?

This helpful how-to guide teaches kids what a question is, when to ask one, and how to form one. Friendly tips and pointers ("Keep it short!" "Show interest!") help k
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Charlesbridge Publishing
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OH MY GOD. Where has this book been in all my years of working with children?! This is amazing and I am going to try to use it as much as humanly possible.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Did You Burp? How to ask questions . . . or not! by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Leeza Hernandez PICTURE BOOK, NON-FICTION Charlesbridge, 2019. $18. 9781580897372



There are all sorts of reasons to ask questions: you might be curious about something, or want to learn how to do things, , or maybe you are getting to know someone or starting a conversation. Some questions can be considered impolite when asked by the wrong person, or
Michele Knott
No, it's not a book about burping, although bodily functions do make an appearance in this book! It's all about questions - asking, answering, when to ask, when not to ask, how to ask, what they sound like, question words.... A great book to use when getting ready for inquiry or at the beginning of the school year! ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s
A Frankenstein's monster of a picturebook and a grammar textbook. The whole book is overwritten and the idiom seems wildly inappropriate for the impied audience. (Who is the author writing to anyway? Children that need to learn English grammar, have advanced vocabulary, and are capable of understanding grammatical explanations? Bizarre)

The pictures are fine. My son likes them.

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Sandy Brehl
Another direct and family-friendly book is DID YOU BURP? How to Ask Questions...Or Not! Written by April Pulley Sayre and illustrated by Leeza Hernandez, the premise in this book is that there are skills involved in asking questions, and questions are important. Endpapers display multiple question words and punctuation symbols. Then Sayre's text launches a lively crew of diverse kids (and a pet gerbil and other random critters) through colorful, oversized, pages blending her questions and coachi ...more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are all sorts of reasons to ask questions: you might be curious about something, or want to learn how to do things, , or maybe you are getting to know someone or starting a conversation. Some questions can be considered impolite when asked by the wrong person, or irrelevant when asked of the wrong person, but questions are how we learn about our world!

What a great primer on questions! April Pulley Sayre has covered all the bases - who what where when and why, plus what isn't a question and
Jun 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
I usually like the author and the illustrator here, but this book was a dud to me. If there is one thing kids generally do not need, it is guidance on asking questions... and in particular, defining for kids what "WHY" means and when to ask it seems ridiculous. If adults actually spend time conversing with children, in various everyday settings and situations, that will be more helpful than anything. Put down the screens and talk! Answer some of those endless questions kids have, and keep the cu ...more
I love when authors get creative with non-fiction. This is a great example of such!
Did you burp? introduces elementary kids to the "art" of asking questions. The author/illustrator talks the readers through questions, types of questions, what kinds there are, what are the opportunities to ask them, what feels appropriate and polite v/s impolite. The tone is overall positive and encouraging to be curious. Lovely art work and engaging for our younger readers.
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was expecting more of a surface exploration of questions, but this book goes much deeper with examples of comments and observations that aren't questions (which really bugs me!), explanations of why context matters when asking questions (a kid who asks someone's age can be seen as rude but it's perfectly normal for a doctor to ask), and more. The examples are fun and kid-friendly to keep readers turning pages. Kids and many adults will learn tons from this insightful concept book. ...more
Cat Gemkow
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this non-fiction title, the author creates an instructive narrative revolving around the questions of her elementary school class. How and why do we ask questions, and what questions should we ask? More questions and answers are available in this wonderful book with dazzling illustrations, as well as a small gerbil who scampers across each page 0f the book.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Enjoyable and informative, but the layout and all the speech bubbles make it too busy/difficult to do as a class readaloud. I do kind of want to share "What a question is NOT" with my kindergartners, though, because "Today is my grandfather's birthday" and "I'm going to Great Wolf Lodge on the weekend" are not questions. Nor answers to my questions. ...more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
The book is a great topic for elementary school children- "How to ask questions..." My kids enjoyed me reading, and then exploring the little thought bubbles and pictures together. It spurred great conversation about questions! ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, non-fiction
This is a really good resource for how to communicate. It covers questions vs statements and how to ask a question instead of telling a really long story. It teaches purposes of questions as well as the who, what, where, when, why, and how.
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Getting young children to understand the difference between a question and a comment is a hard concept and this book does a great job of showing the difference. I cannot wait to add this to our school library collection and share this book with our teachers and students.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute book that teaches kids about questions, including what's appropriate to ask in a crowd vs what's not, but I don't think this book actually teaches kids how to construct a question (sentence structure), so not sure that this book sets out to do what it actually intended. ...more
Abby Brithinee
Funny, honest, encouraging. Love the digital mixed media art, and the authentic feel of questions that kids ask. Especially good to read with kids who are asking lots of (occasionally inappropriate) questions, or using Q&A time to tell stories instead of asking questions. Ages 3ish-8.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, manners, grammar
A wonderful introduction to K-2 on what is a question, how to ask a question using "who" "what "why" "where" etc. and when NOT to ask a question. Best to read aloud in sections when introducing questions to students. Reading all at once is overwhelming. Highly recommend. ...more
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Mary Lee
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
So much fun! Lots to look at in every picture and lots of small stories to discover throughout the book.
Maggie Mattmiller
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely one I would be adding to my classroom this year if I had one!
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a book all about to ask them, when to ask them, and what a question actually is! Loved it. ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book about the art of asking and answering different types of questions.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bought for JE 153 though many seem to be going with 428.
Cheryl Neer
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-youth

A wonderful book to read about how to ask how not to ask questions!
Joey Gremillion
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The wee beasties need to learn the appropriateness and structure for asking questions. This is a wonderful book on how and what and WHEN to ask questions. Love the illustrations.
Miss Sarah
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-nonfiction
An elementary and up nonfiction book about how questions are used in the english language with different examples about how they help us all to communicate.
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this. What a good way to talk about what questions are with kids.
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars this was fun, funny and informative! It got some giggles out of me! Great way to explain questions!
Great coverage of the topic in a fun playful context, love how they use lots of examples.
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Good guide for kids on how to ask questions.
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April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning children’s book author of over 55 natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud nonfiction books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. She is best known for pioneering literary ways to immerse young readers in natural events via creative storytelling and unusual persp ...more

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