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Complex Stories for Young Philosophers
Are those ants being bad or just adventurous? Is the onceler selfish? What about the little boy who lost his bear? These stories will lead to the best discussions with your youngsters-- you'll be surprised by their answers!   Print this list Print this list
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Cover Art: The general /
The general
Charters, Janet, 1938-
Easy Picture BookCHARTER
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Cover Art: Click, clack, moo : cows that type /
Click, clack, moo : cows that type
Cronin, Doreen.
Labor negotiations for young workers! My favorite line is: "Duck was a neutral party..." It's fun to explain this to youngsters.
Children's Fiction CRONIN
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Cover Art: Beegu /
Beegu
Deacon, Alexis.
A young alien is lost on Earth. The way he is treated by different people lends itself to great discussions about strangeness.
Easy Picture BookDEACON
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Cover Art: 10,000 dresses /
10,000 dresses
Ewert, Marcus.
The gender of the main character changes depending on the perspective. Is Bailey a girl or a boy? And why does that matter? Either way, Bailey is a kid that loves dresses.
Children's Fiction EWERT
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Cover Art: The Lorax /
The Lorax
Geisel, Theodor Seuss, 1904-1991.
The ultimate tale for explaining environmental issues. Why doesn't the onceler care about the brown barbaloots and the humming fish? Will they ever come back?
Children's Nonfiction BookPZ8.3.G276Lo
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Cover Art: The Sneetches : and other stories /
The Sneetches : and other stories
Geisel, Theodor Seuss, 1904-1991.
Children's Fiction PZ8.3.G276Sn
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Cover Art: The teddy bear /
The teddy bear
McPhail David, 1940-
This book contains an amazing ethical dilemma. A boy loses a bear that is taken in by a homeless man, who truly needs comfort. When the boy finds the bear months later, who does it belong to? This is a great book for finding out how your child thinks about ownership and compassion.
Easy Picture BookMCPHAIL
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Cover Art: Manneken pis : a simple story of a boy who peed on a war /
Manneken pis : a simple story of a boy who peed on a war
Radunsky, Vladimir.
The description of war is geared towards young preschoolers, explaining how it separates the boy from his family, but without mentioning violence or death.
Easy Picture BookRADUNSK
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Cover Art: The butter battle book /
The butter battle book
Seuss, Dr.
Easy Picture BookSEUSS
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Cover Art: What Was I Scared Of? : A Glow-in-the Dark Encounter /
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Cover Art: Two bad ants /
Two bad ants
Van Allsburg, Chris.
The discussion starts with the title: why are these ants bad? The illustrations and descriptions are purely from the point of view of the ants. Can your kids guess what's being shown?
Easy Picture BookVAN ALL
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