In which The Five-Year-Old solves another of life’s mysteries

Of course.

The Five-Year Old: “Mommyo, what’s a riddle?”

Mommyo: “They are questions you have to figure out the answer to. Like ‘why did the chicken cross the road?'”

The Five-Year-Old: “Because he needed to get to his eggs!”

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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3 Responses to In which The Five-Year-Old solves another of life’s mysteries

    • Shala Howell says:

      Thanks for stopping by Caterpickles! The Five-Year-Old and I read your book of fairy tales last year (I enjoyed it, but the then Four-Year-Old wasn’t ready for it). You can find our review here:

      The Four-Year-Old was still very leery of even basic conflict at the time I read it to her, and the thought of stepmothers turning children into swans and children being lost & otherwise hurt while in the woods was just too scary. Her ability to distinguish between really scary things and scary for the sake of the plot things has gotten much stronger this year, so I’m hoping we’ll be able to read your book again with happier results again soon.


      • pirottablog says:

        ooh, thanks for the review. Grimm are really tricky to read to very young kids, even on-the-ball ones like yours. The good thing is she can come back to them when she’s older.


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