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© WHAT’S AN ENCYCLOPEDIA
ACT I – IN THE LIVING ROOM
(Mother is watching TV. Father is reading the newspaper. Son is coloring a book. He shows the page to his mother)
SON: Look, mom, do you like it?.
MOTHER: Why did you color everything green?.
SON: Why not?.
MOTHER: Because not everything you see is green. Just look at the rainbow. All the different colors make it look so beautiful!.
SON: Wow!. You’re right. Mom, why do dolphins make so many sounds?.
MOTHER: Because that’s the way they communicate.
SON: With whom?.
MOTHER: With other sea animals.
SON: Dad, why does rain fall from the sky?.
FATHER: Well, rain falls from the clouds, not from the sky.
FATHER: The clouds have the water in the form of water vapour, which condenses due to low temperature in the atmosphere and come to earth as rain.
SON: Oh,you’re right. The teacher explained that to us in science class. Mom, what if…
MOTHER: You are asking too many questions, dear.
SON: My teacher said it’s good to be curious.
MOTHER: She’s right, it is good to be curious. (she stands up and goes to a bookcase in the living room) Come here. I want to show you something special.
SON: (stands up) What is it?.
MOTHER: Do you see all these books?.
MOTHER: This set of books is yours. It’s called an encyclopedia.
SON: An encyclopedia?. What’s that?.
(Father stands up and takes one of the books)
FATHER: An encyclopedia is a book or books that have information about many subjects. With these books you can learn about many things.
SON: Like what?.
FATHER: You can learn about the human body, history, weather, music, inventions, insects…
SON: Wow!. Let me see it, dad. (Father gives Son a book) I like it. It has many pictures!.
FATHER: Yes, it does.
SON: Can I learn about dinosaurs in here?.
SON: Can I learn about airplanes in here?.
FATHER: Why don’t we look?.
(Father and Son sit and read the book)
MOTHER: Great!. I’ll bring you some lemonade.
(Mother leaves the stage)
SON: Look dad! What kind of airplane is this?
FATHER: Let’s read the information. Hmmm, it says it’s an….
Author: K I D S I N C O
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