Shop the Muse Book Pick: Why Do We Cry?

by Rolanda Peacock (Volunteer) and Shelby Smith

Image advertising guided tours of the exhibition, "Ruth Cuthand: Beads of Truth" taking place on November 13 & 23 at 2pm. Cost of admission is regular admission plus $2. Black background with white and light green text. Featured artworks include a beaded depiction of a MRI brain scan and a bundle of folded grey blankets with red ribbon and beaded patches representing smallpox.

Holiday shopping is in full swing, and to help you in your process of finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list, we are highlighting some of our favourite items from Shop the Muse.  This pick comes from one of our fabulous volunteers, Rolanda Peacock.

We can all admit to crying at some time or another. But, can we explain exactly why we are crying when we have no physical pain or ouchies? Ever find yourself saying: “I feel like crying” and not really knowing why?

Author Fran Pintadero tells us how different emotions bring on different types of tears and how genuine, healthy tears are beneficial to our well-being.  Illustrations by Ana Sender are full of sentiment and make turning each page a delight!

This book will be read over and over again to children of all ages (and adults too!) allowing them to cry healthy tears of joy, sadness, frustration, and any emotion in between. The scientific explanation of tears at the end of the book is an added bonus. Who knew tears are like snowflakes? Every one of them different in their own unique way!

– Roland Peacock, Volunteer

Why Do We Cry? was published by Kids Can Press, a leading Canadian-owned children’s book publisher dedicated to publishing fun, enchanting, and socially responsible children’s books.  We have several beautifully illustrated and written books from this publisher in both of our gift shops, as well as other carefully selected products, so stop by to see what else we have!  Both the Lake of the Woods Museum and Douglas Family Art Centre are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Why Do We Cry? is available in hardcover at the Douglas Family Art Centre for $18.99 +HST, and MUSE members save 10% on all gift shop purchases!


Book cover for "Itee Pootoogook: Hymns to the Silence." Features drawing on the cover by the artist of a man in a grey hoodie (hood-up) with a blue cap sticking out and sunglasses on the back of his head.

Why Do We Cry?

Written by Fran Pintadera
Illustrated by Ana Sender

This sensitive, poetic picture book uses metaphors and beautiful imagery to explain the reasons for our tears, making it clear that everyone is allowed to cry, and that everyone does.

Recommended for ages 3+

Available from the Douglas Family Art Centre boutique for $18.99 +HST.

As always, MUSE members save 10%.

Did you know?

Group of Seven member, Frank Johnston, visited Kenora and painted “Serenity, Lake of the Woods” in 1922, a shoreline view of Kenora with it’s distinctive smoke stacks from the pulp and paper mills.