A Sneetch is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries: Finding Wisdom in Children's Literature

A Sneetch is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries: Finding Wisdom in Children's Literature

By: Thomas E. Wartenberg (author)Paperback

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Taking Picture Books Seriously: What can we learn about philosophy through children's books? This warm and charming volume casts a spell on adult readers as it unveils the surprisingly profound philosophical wisdom contained in children's picture books, from Dr Seuss's Sneetches to William Steig's Shrek!. With a light touch and good humor, Wartenberg discusses the philosophical ideas in these classic stories, and provides parents with a practical starting point for discussing philosophical issues with their children. Accessible and multi-layered, it answers questions like, Is it okay for adults to deceive kids? What's the difference between saying the Mona Lisa is a great painting and vanilla is your favorite flavor? Each chapter includes illustrations commissioned especially for this book.

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About Author

Thomas E. Wartenberg is Professor of Philosophy at Mount Holyoke College, USA. He founded the Teaching Children Philosophy program, which won the 2011 APA/PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs. Its website, www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org, receives tens of thousands of visits monthly. Professor Wartenberg s 13 books as author or editor include Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Children s Literature (2009), Existentialism: A Beginner s Guide (2008), and The Philosophy of Film: Introductory Text and Readings (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005), which he co-edited with Angela Curran. He has been awarded Senior Fulbright Fellowships to Germany and New Zealand, as well as a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship. He has also directed two National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars for School Teachers.


Acknowledgments ix Why? Why? Why? : Children, Philosophy, and Picture Books 1 1 Harold and the Purple Crayon: Can You Get Wet Swimming in an Imaginary Ocean? 7 2 The Important Book: Is a Leopard without Its Spots Still a Leopard? 16 3 Shrek!: Could a Dead Skunk Smell Good? 24 4 Let s Do Nothing!: Can You Just Do Nothing at All? 33 5 Knuffle Bunny: How Do You Know I m Angry If I Don t Say So? 42 6 Many Moons: Do Experts Really Know More? 48 7 Yellow and Pink: Could Human Life Have Arisen Purely by Chance? 55 8 Morris the Moose: How Do You Know When You ve Made a Mistake? 63 9 Emily s Art: What s the Difference between Saying the Mona Lisa Is a Great Painting and Vanilla Is Your Favorite Flavor? 71 10 Miss Nelson Is Missing!: Is It Okay for Adults to Deceive Kids? 81 11 The Giving Tree: How Can It Be Wrong to Give Someone What They Want? 90 12 Cookies : What Good Is Having Will-Power If You Don t Have Any More Cookies? 100 13 Frederick: Can You Enjoy Doing Something Even If It s Work? 109 14 The Sneetches: Isn t It All Right to Discriminate in Choosing Your Friends? 116 15 The Paper Bag Princess:What s Wrong with Living Happily Ever After ? 125 16 The Big Orange Splot: Is There Anything Wrong with Conformity? 132 Taking Picture Books Seriously 142 Who s Who: Thumbnail Biographies of the Philosophers 145 What s What: Key Philosophical Terms 156 Next Steps: Additional Philosophical Picture Books 160 More Next Steps: Digging Deeper into Philosophy 163

Product Details

  • publication date: 16/04/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780470656839
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9780470656839
  • weight: 238
  • ISBN10: 0470656832

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