A Sneetch is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries: Finding Wisdom in Children's Literature / Edition 1

A Sneetch is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries: Finding Wisdom in Children's Literature / Edition 1

by Thomas E. Wartenberg
ISBN-10:
0470656786
ISBN-13:
9780470656785
Pub. Date:
05/06/2013
Publisher:
Wiley
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A Sneetch is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries: Finding Wisdom in Children's Literature / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470656785
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/06/2013
Pages: 176

Table of Contents

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

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