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A Sneetch is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries


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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

About the Author

Thomas E. Wartenberg is Professor of Philosophy at MountHolyoke College, USA. He founded the Teaching Children Philosophyprogram, which won the 2011 APA/PDC Prize for Excellence andInnovation in Philosophy Programs. Its website,, receives tens of thousands ofvisits monthly. Professor Wartenberg s 13 books as author oreditor include Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophythrough Children s Literature (2009), Existentialism:A Beginner s Guide (2008), and The Philosophy of Film:Introductory Text and Readings (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005), whichhe co-edited with Angela Curran. He has been awarded SeniorFulbright Fellowships to Germany and New Zealand, as well as aNational Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship. He hasalso directed two National Endowment for the Humanities SummerSeminars for School Teachers.


This is a great resource for those interested inpre-college philosophy and in elementary education, and for parentsgenerally. It also will be useful to upper-level philosophyand education students looking for novel approaches within theirdisciplines. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. (Choice, 1 November 2013) "Filled with humor and keen insights, A Sneetch is a Sneetchand other Philosophical Discoveries is essential reading foranyone with an interest in philosophy or children's literature -and by anyone, I mean anyone - from the mom or dad looking forsomething interesting to read to their toddler, to writers of everyilk, and yes, even full fledge, academically inclined philosophers.Happy pondering!!." (History in Review, 3 June2013)

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