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Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Children's Literature Paperback – 15 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Education (15 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607093359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607093350
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Oh, to be a child in a literary discussion with Thomas Wartenberg! He understands that young children are deep thinkers trying to figure life out and that great children s books can help them do so. As he makes clear, philosophy is just a fancy grown-up word for an activity kids do naturally, and this teacher-friendly, easy-to-read book with its invaluable guided questions for individual titles will help all of us improve the quality, depth, and liveliness of discussions in the classroom reading corner.--Sam Swope, author of several books, including I Am a Pencil and The Araboolies of Liberty Street"

Unleash the power of picture books! Using clear guidelines and concrete examples, Big Ideas for Little Kids shows us how to transform a few carefully crafted questions, an attentive ear and the natural curiosity of young minds into impressive instruments for nurturing the creative, autonomous, respectful, engaged, critically thinking citizens of tomorrow. This book helps teachers and parents understand how to identify philosophical ideas within picture books and young reader novels, and demonstrates how to facilitate inspired discussions with children.--Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis, coproducers of

About the Author

Thomas E. Wartenberg is professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke College and has been working with teachers on teaching philosophy for children for over a decade. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association Committee on Precollege Instruction in Philosophy. Among his other books are Existentialism and Thinking on Screen.

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