Word of the Day: inexplicable – Education News

Word of the Day: inexplicable – 24 Global News | Education News

The word inexplicable has appeared in 107 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Dec. 27 in “Helping a Child Navigate Grief? Open a Picture Book” by Elisabeth Egan:

Kids have questions about death, and we don’t always have answers. In fact, we rarely do; we have questions of our own!

If you’ve ever been at the intersection of loss and “How am I supposed to explain this to someone in footie pajamas?,” you know how overwhelming it can be — like merging a tractor-trailer onto a six-lane highway when you only have your learner’s permit. And it’s rush hour. And you’re blindfolded. And you’re transporting a truckload of eggs.

… If you’re trying to explain the inexplicable, or at least provide a glimmer of hope, “A Walk in the Woods” is an excellent place to start. A week after his father’s funeral, a young boy follows the route on a map his dad left behind. It leads to the woods they once explored together, and then to a trove of sketches and poems and a note: “This last page is for you, Son. Draw and write your story. I’ll always be watching.” Not only is the story wise and heartfelt, but it also comes with a moving back story: After Jerry Pinkney died, his son completed the illustrations. This team wrote and drew what they knew, and it shows.

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