Carl and the Meaning of Life

By FREEDMAN, Deborah.

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ISBN
9780451474988
Publisher
Viking


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on March 1, 2019  |  Picture Books

PreS-Gr 2—Carl is an earthworm who spends his day tunneling through the soil. When a field mouse asks him why he does what he does, Carl realizes that he does not know—but he is determined to find out. Carl visits with Bear, Rabbit, Fox, and others who are aware of their own purposes, but not Carl's. It takes a tiny ground beetle to enlighten him. Nature-inspired watercolor illustrations...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on April 1, 2019

Carl is an earthworm, always moving under the ground, digesting leaves and "turning hard dirt into fluffy soil." When a field mouse asks him why he does that, Carl suffers an immediate identity crisis. He heads up and out into the world to see if any of the other animals can tell him his purpose and the meaning behind his actions. No one has any answers for him-not a mother rabbit, a haughty fox, or a nosy squirrel. After a long time spent questioning rather than burrowing, Carl suddenly realizes that t...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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