Carl and the Meaning of Life
by Deborah Freedman
From the often Caldecott-buzzed Deborah Freedman, a sweet and funny story about finding your place in the world.
Carl is an earthworm. He spends his days happily tunneling in the soil until a field mouse asks him a simple question that stops him short: “Why?” Carl’s quest takes him on an adventure to meet all the animals of the forest, each of whom seems to know exactly what they were put on this earth to do, unlike the curious Carl. But it’s not until the world around him has changed that Carl begins to realize everyone, no matter how small, makes a big difference just by being themselves.
Deborah Freedman was an architect once-upon-a-time, but now she loves to build worlds in books. Her first picture books were tiny and hand-made over twenty years ago for her own children, and her first published book, Scribble, debuted in 2007. Since then, she has written and illustrated Blue Chicken, The Story of Fish & Snail, By Mouse & Frog, and most recently, Shy, and This House, Once. Her books have been translated into seven different languages, adopted in classrooms across the country, and received many starred and rave reviews, honors, and awards — including SCBWI’s Crystal Kite Award and a Parent's Choice Gold Award.
Lost in books and the arts for as long as she can remember, Deborah majored in art history in college and then went on to study architecture. She is the proud mom of four grown children, an adoring grandma of five, and the devoted guardian of many stuffed animals. When she isn’t making picture books or daydreaming, she likes to wander through museums, libraries, and the woods near her colorful home in Connecticut.