Philosophical Adventures with Fairy Tales: New Ways to Explore Familiar Tales with Kids of All Ages - Big Ideas for Young Thinkers (Paperback)Wendy C. Turgeon (author)
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The values of doing philosophy are many: developing our critical thinking ability, learning how to question and explore alternative ideas, building good arguments for our positions, listening to those who may see the world differently than we do and learning to engage them in meaningful dialogue. The value of using fairy tales is their accessibility to a wide audience, their innate appeal to our imagination, and their magical ability to make us ponder.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 175
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Wendy Turgeon's Philosophical Adventures with Fairy Tales is a marvelous resource for educators and family members for engaging children in philosophical inquiry. With clarity and creativity, Turgeon illuminates how 13 well-known fairy tales can inspire rich and thoughtful philosophy discussions, suggesting possible themes to explore and offering helpful questions and activities for each story.--Jana Mohr Lone, director of the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children
Neither philosophy nor children can be genuinely engaged by the incurious adult. What many will take to be this book's primary strength--its treasure trove of reading guides, discussion prompts, and philosophical activities sure to buttress and deepen intergenerational philosophical dialogue--I take to be secondary to the way Turgeon invites adults to re-enter the world of the fairy tale and to let ourselves be disturbed and perplexed by what we find there, as a way of "rediscovering philosophical wonderment" for ourselves.--Maughn Rollins Gregory, Professor of Educational Foundations and Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children at Montclair State University
This innovative and delightfully engaging book will captivate young and old alike. Wendy Turgeon has done the hard work of selecting the fairytales, providing the discussion questions and activities, and adding a list of resources for doing philosophy with young people. All in aid of preparing us to embark on intellectual adventures of philosophical wonderment. Have you ever been puzzled by what it means to exist as a dog or a human? Or wondered about the nature of art and its relation to beauty? Or pondered whether it is possible to know anything? If so, then then this book is for you, no matter your age. With it, Turgeon explores fairytales in original and enlivening ways. Whether you are encountering or revisiting these stories, you will discover that their enchanting whimsy and magic disclose significant philosophical concepts, including loyalty, promises, friendship, jealousy, and exile. Turgeon masterfully demonstrates that when used as prompts for philosophical inquiry, fairytales bring together fantasy and profundity, humor and seriousness, and uncertainty and wisdom. They invite children and adults to philosophize together about life's big and open-ended existential questions. This book will transform long car trips, classroom story circles, bedtime reading, and family dinner conversations into cherished interludes of lively inquiry, joyful laughter, and genuine reflection. Books such as Turgeon's remind us to be grateful that the search for meaning is never easy and that it never ends.--Megan J. Laverty, PhD, Associate Professor, Philosophy and Education Program, Department of Arts and Humanities, Teachers College, Columbia University
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