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Why Do We Cry?

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  359 ratings  ·  111 reviews
By exploring the causes of our tears, Fran Pintadera's thoughtful, poetic picture book story defends the right to cry and reinforces crying's importance as a way to release our pain, to calm us and to help us grow. Ana Sender's artwork uses color and symbolic images along with facial expressions and body language to beautifully capture the mood and emotion being described ...more
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Kids Can Press (first published 2019)
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Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So beautiful and poetic!
A little boy asks his mother why we cry and she gently explains all the different emotions expressed by tears: sadness, anger, loneliness, frustration, confusion, and happiness. The pictures are wonderfully expressive. They feature the mother as a young girl experiencing all the feelings she is talking about, and this makes her explanation so powerful. The message of tears being a universal language and helping us in a variety ways (to relieve pain or stress, to express o
La Coccinelle
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book, all about crying, is done quite well. When Mario asks his mother why people cry, she explains many of the most popular reasons: everything from sadness and anger to frustration and joy. Her explanations are accompanied by whimsical illustrations of her as a child as she contemplates the various reasons for crying.

I'm not quite sure what the fantasy creatures in the illustrations have to do with anything, but they're interesting to look at. My favourite part of this is simply the expla
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A child asks his mother why people cry, and it's a question with many possible answers. This book manages to illustrate all the different feelings one may be having when they're crying-- the mood, the emotion, the metaphor... and does a brilliant job at demonstrating it. It's beautiful, and it's also a great choice to display empathy and learn about other people's feelings. Thoughts and emotions are often a hard thing to interpret, and this story does a great job trying to make sense of it. ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Such a delightful read explaining about emotions and how they can make us cry a different variety of tears and how they can make us feel.
This book is a fantastic book for children to help them understand their emotions and not be ashamed of how they feel or how they release them.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic! Great book about why we cry and of course about emotions. A variety of emotions that affect us, that's okay to feel and how to recognize those various feelings we get. And all of that is marvelously illustrated to perfectly represent and accompany the text. Bravo! ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Why do we cry?” by Fran Pintadera was such a delightful read. This children’s book is perfect for the little ones to get a better understanding of crying and teardrops. I am an educator and I love finding books that I can read to the students.

This book has beautiful written prose and educational content. I think it can help kids understand what crying can mean. There’s multiple meanings as to why someone may cry and the author and illustrator created a story that is fun to follow. At the end o
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This review will appear on my site on publication day: April 7, 2020.
Mario asks his mother, “Why do we cry?” and she goes on to tell him all the different reasons that we do cry. Some of the reasons are a bit metaphorical, and might be harder for younger children to understand, but the illustrations help in those cases. (The book is aimed for 3-7 year olds, but I think the story is more fitting for ages 5 and up). The illustra
Carla Johnson-Hicks
4.5 Stars: Times have changed, but for years, boys were told not to cry. In this story, Mario asks his mother why we cry. His mother has to think about it for a few moments and then she shares ideas with her young son. The text is beautiful in this book. The reasons for crying are not just simple answers they are metaphorical and poetic. The illustrations are not direct to the text, but hint at what is meant. I read this to my 6 year old grandson and we had quite a discussion about each page and ...more
Lisa Mcbroom
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspiring-books
Tender book about the reasons we cry. One quote I related to was "Others because they try to keep everything under lock and key but there tears find a way to escape". Also I loved how Fran Pintadera wrote about tears speaking an infinite language. ...more
Donna Maguire
I thought that this was a gorgeous little book to read.
The story is sweet and tender and the topic is covered so well.
No hesitation in giving this one 5 stars, I thought it was lovely
Very highly recommended!!
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
I received a DRC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

"Some days we cry because we call out for a hug but all we get back is an echo."

Why Do We Cry? begins with a boy asking his mother why we cry. There are many answers to such a question and the mother helps the boy explore the many reasons why we may shed tears.

As the mother explains the reasons why we cry, the illustrations become a bit surreal, to show the emoti
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a book whose title actually my eye and spiked my curiousity. Although we all cry I am not quite sure what I was expecting for the book to actually be whether it was a nonfictional telling with all the scientific facts or something that is completely different due to the cover.

The formatting of the book is quite simple as it follows a question-and-answer type. The boy who is with his mother at the park asks the leading question and instead of his mother changing the subject she actuall
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
After a quiet morning, Mario asked his mother why we cry. His mother explained that people cry for many different reasons. Sometimes crying is due to sadness that can’t be contained. Other times we cry because of the anger we feel like a storm cloud raining and feeling lighter afterwards. Sometimes we are confused and searching for answers. Crying helps us grow and keeps us from turning to stone. Tears can be the best medicine when we are feeling pain inside and out. And then of course, there ar ...more
Autumn McCoy
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the language that was used to describe the many different reasons why we cry, specifically the fact that figurative language was incorporated combined with the beautiful illustrations on each and every page. This book helps young readers/listeners understand that everyone cries and should cry because it helps releases strong emotions that might otherwise hurt us if we kept it in all the time --it helps heal us.
I also really enjoyed the little lesson in the back of the book wher
Isabela Ueda
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Poetic, but honest picture book about the many reasons a person might cry. The imagery in the words an illustrations is just right for a picture book - enough is concrete to grasp and enough is nebulous enough to allow for the child to imagine and extrapolate. Lovely, and I really like the factual section about tears at the end.
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
ALL about why we cry and where it comes from, be it internal turmoil or external anguish. Most importantly, this story discusses why each type of tear has a purpose and that it is ok to cry. It's more than ok, it's necessary for our own personal growth because "If we didn't cry, we'd turn to stone." The ending is tied together nicely with scientific facts about tears (types, weight, composition, shape, etc.) and a couple of activities the reader can perform. ...more
Grace Bailey
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those quiet books that I picture reading as a mom to my kid when it's just the two of us. An honest look at why we cry that still resonates with older readers. The illustrations are less depictive as they are symbolic, so I could see how maybe this could be confusing for a young reader, but overall I think this is a very valuable book when talking about emotions with children. ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
This picture book describes "Crying" in a lot of ways. Firstly, it tells almost a tale, then goes scientific.

In my honest opinion, first part was enough. Second part is like a textbook. Informative but boring.

Drawings are very beautiful, would love to have in my library.
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful illustrations and quietly profound. I bought it for a friend's daughter and look forward to hearing what she thinks of it. ...more
Katie Chase
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love this book because of its amazing illustrations of very abstract ideas. Sometimes adults make the mistake of believing that kids don’t think abstractly and that they can’t grasp intangibles. The authors of “Why Do We Cry” do an excellent job of taking complex ideas and giving them words and pictures to give them form. They also help kids understand that it’s OK to feel complicated emotions that don’t always make sense to us.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Why Do We Cry? by Fran Pintadera. PICTURE BOOK. Kids Can Press, 2020. $19. 9781525304774



Mario has a question for his mom: why do we cry? His thoughtful mother explains the different reason tears might roll down our faces and the emotions that go with them.

Pintadera breaks down the misconception that tears come from weakness as she shows a little boy asking a simple “why” question. Mario’s mother answers by talking about emotions non-ju
Amy Layton
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Told with lyrical text and fluid illustrations comes a picturebook that asks us, "why do we cry?"  Mario's mother indulges us: it is because we are sad or hurt or overwhelmed, and it's the one language everyone can understand.  With metaphor and mimetic images, Mario's mother explains the many reasons one might cry--even from happiness!  This text allows for a safe, honest discussion about our emotions that is as educational as it is beautiful.  

The backmatter, for those more geared towards its
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.75 stars

This was such a cute little story. I think every child should read this story. It is about a little boy that is asking his mother why people cry, and the mother explains it perfectly. It shows all the different emotions that can come with crying and why we even have tears in the first place. The drawings are so intricate and beautiful, I can't help but be drawn to them, so I know a child will be captivated as well.

The book was beautifully written and it was very informative bu
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book is powerful. The pictures were stunning and layered with so much. I’ll have to read it multiple times to look at everything.

It begins with a little boy, “why do we cry?” His mom gives him so many answers that will allow kids to dig deep inside and reflect on why do they cry. It is a beautiful and wonderful way to start a conversation with children about the power of feelings and emotions.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
There's a lot of truth here. I was surprised to find some sentiments resonating on a deeper level than picture books usually afford me.

Second reading- you know, I thought I'd read this before. The second time through I was impressed with how complex a subject the creators are tackling here and how effectively it is accomplished.
Jerry Hillyer
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Title:  Why Do We Cry?

Author: Fran Pintadera

Illustrator: Ana Sender

Publisher/Date: Kids Can Press/2020 (English Translation)

Pages: 40

Features: Illustrations, information about tears, some graphics, some study questions

Kids Can Press: Link

Fran Pintadera: Link

Ana Sender: Link

I have been training and teaching visually impaired students for the past three years. I have spent, therefore, a lot of time thinking about the eyes. That's what really caught my eye (hehe) when I first saw this book availabl
This pandemic has created a situation in which a lot of people are under extraordinary amounts of stress. Emotions are heightened and we see them bursting out of people at inappropriate moments, resulting in tantrums thrown over masks, insults hurled over educating our kids, even racism moving from the shadows into the light as people no longer seem to have the energy for a minimal amount of civility. And then here comes this book that so eloquently recognizes these feelings. Through vivid illus ...more
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Why Do We Cry? is an sweetly illustrated and sensitively written book for young readers. Originally published in Spanish in 2018, this English translation released 7th April 2020 from Kids Can Press is 34 pages and available in hardcover and ebook formats.

The book takes the form of a dialogue between a mother and son about why people cry and why it's good to examine and experience negative emotions so we can process them and what function tears
Joy (Books with Joy)
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Why do I love children fiction books? Well, there are many reasons. Usually, it comes down to a few points—the illustration is almost always beautiful and the I love how simple yet nuanced the words can be. (Also, I do read books to my nephew and am always on a lookout to read books to my niece).

In this book, Why Do We Cry? A mother and son explore various reasons why people cry. The accompanying art with each reason complements the emotion and explanation in a gorgeous manner. I also love how
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Fran Pintadera es narrador oral, director de teatro social y escritor de literatura infantil.

Licenciado en Psicopedagogía, Diplomado en Educación Social por la UCLM y Técnico Superior en Integración Social. Desde hace años su oficio es contar historias y ayudar a que otros puedan contar la suya.

El humor, las posibilidades de la fantasía y la belleza de lo cotidiano son los ingredientes fundamental

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