Amy hasn’t gotten to the point where she asks “why” a lot yet, but “why” is obviously something she thinks about. For example, last night she was reading Sandra Boynton’s Hippos Go Berserk (with only a little help from me). At one point the text is as follows:

Seven hippos heading west (next page) leave six hippos quite distressed

Amy’s first comment was “hippos crying” which is true but not particularly noteworthy. What floored me, though, was what she said next.

Hippos want a nap.

I guffawed at that one. It’s not quite correct, but it’s a very good guess demonstrating both curiosity and empathy. Now, if only she would apply that reasoning to herself when she’s overtired and crying easily.