“Why?” by Nikolai Popov

Nikolai Popov is a well-known Russian visual artist and illustrator. He has won multiple gold medals and Grand Prix at international exhibitions of children’s book illustration. Popov has had personal exhibitions in many cities of the world, including Moscow, Tokyo, Rome and Venice. He is an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts.


Read Aloud Tips

  • Have the students imagine that they were in the frog’s position; what would they do? How would they react? Do the same for the mouse. This is a good exercise to utilize small groups.

  • Walk through the photos, asking students to describe what is happening and ask them what they think will happen next.


“Even the youngest reader will quickly grasp the point of Popov’s forceful allegory.” – Publisher’s Weekly


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