Etan Boritzer’s What is... books from Bored Feet Press

What Is a Feeling?

Etan Boritzer, Illustrated by Jeff Vernon

Examines how we can understand feelings and where they come from, while at the same time learning the best ways to express our feelings without hurting ourselves and others.


What Is a Friend?

by Etan Boritzer, Illustrated by Jeff Vernon

In this book Etan explores the themes of cooperative, and supportive behavior between individuals, as well as what sometimes goes wrong in our relationships with one another.


What is a Family?

by Etan Boritzer. Illustrated by Jeff Vernon

Defining the ideal family, and acknowledging the real problems that sometimes occur in families, the book delves into various perspectives on social trends as they are reflected in the home.


What Is Peace?

by Etan Boritzer, Illustrated by Jeff Vernon

This thought-provoking book will help children cultivate the thinking required for peaceful actions.


What Is Right?

by Etan Boritzer, Illustrated by Graham Sale

Helps children develop ethical thinking skills. This interactive title promotes the consideration of decisions and choices in various situations requiring integrity and wholesome social reasoning abilities.


What Is Death?

by Etan Boritzer, Illustrated by Nancy Forrest

This sensitive book introduces children to the various concepts of death, grief and loss. Using a gentle and comforting tone with an honest approach, the book addresses children’s natural curiosity about one of life’s gratest mysteries.


What is True?

Etan Boritzer, Illustrated by Jeff Vernon

Here Etan explores how we can try to discern between facts and appearances in our world. Children are asked to carefully consider their actions and thoughts based on various types of inquiry and evaluation.


What Is Money?

by Etan Boritzer, Illustrated by Jennifer West

Examines the history of money, as well as the realistic applications and moral questions associated with its use, helping children to learn about and understand the true value of one of civilization’s most intriguing inventions.


What Is Dreaming?

by Etan Boritzer; Illustrated by Jeff Vernon

This book helps to open discussion on dreams and to unravel some of the subconscious concerns which children confront in their dreams. Boritzer's clear and straightforward explanations, plus the playful and delightful color illustrations make this book helpful and accessible.


What Is Funny?

by Etan Boritzer, Illustrated by Jeff Day

Addresses the subject of sensitivity and awareness in children’s humor. Teasing and laughing at others lead to bullying and aggression. The book addresses an important concern in an amusing manner with serious subtext.


What Is Beautiful?

by Etan Boritzer, Illustrated by Nancy Forrest

Encouraging kids to consider what makes a person truly beautiful—qualities such as tolerance, generosity, bravery, and peacefulness—What Is Beautiful? is a useful tool in giving children a sense of identity and worth.


What Is Love?

by Etan Boritzer, Illustrated by Robbie Marantz

This book is a way for children to discover how we all share many of the same needs and concerns in life, especially the need for love. It communicates a message of multiculturalism and diversity as the means by which goals of understanding and tolerance may be reached.

A sincere yet playful message for appreciating one of life’s tenderest emotions through which children can ponder the total human experience of honest caring and brotherhood.

". . . how people’s need for each other can be met through faith and trust in each other."
~ Redbook




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