As you can probably imagine with six curious kids my days are filled with questions, some easy and some far from it! Especially now that everyone is home on school holidays there are tricky questions galore, they are long days of thinking, discussing and arguing… If you have one of these questioning minds at home too this awesome book by Dr Matt Beard and Kyla Slaven is bound to be a hit. Our 10-year old twins really enjoyed it (and it kept them out of my hair for while!) and are sharing their thoughts on it below in their own words:
The Short & Curly Guide to Life (RRP $24.99, 192 pages) helps you through ethical problems you may encounter in life. These questions will really get your gears turning. Famous quotes from well-known philosophers will get you pondering about everything that happens to you and the people around you, and whether you made the right choice or how you can improve. These scenarios will help you understand the world and put yourself in other people’s shoes. There aren’t many ethical problems that you can’t find your way through with the Short & Curly Guide to Life! Learn about famous stories throughout history and about the choices that impacted them. Find out how famous people from around the world have handled their ethical problems and how their choices worked out, for example Lance Armstrong, Jane Goodall, Diego Maradona and Trevor Chappell.
Some of the facts are extremely interesting, such as how the teddybear is named after former US president, Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt, that there is an immortal jellyfish and other surprising examples. From the young to the old, these stories will definitely help you through life. Some of the main topics for these stories include happiness, lying, life choices, fairness, trends, integrity, promises, friendship, learning and more.
Brains Trust – the team of young, imaginative and curious researchers behind The Short & Curly Guide to Life – travel around to find any ethical problems and then observe how they end up getting solved. Some of the members include Agent Arjun, Agent Sophia, Agent Koa, Agent Mae and Agent Rabia. This book is a mixture of silliness, seriousness, interestingness, and awesomeness. You would definitely read this book if you have a love for amazing adventures through ethics and tricky questions. This book will keep you entertained throughout the summer holidays, or maybe after the holidays have flown by you would like a little after-school cool-down with this fun book. For more curly questions you can also listen to the ABC Short & Curly Podcast.
Little ‘Thought Experiments’ will get you thinking about what you would do. For example, philosopher John Rawls thought of one like this: Imagine you weren’t born yet, but you could think and make decisions. You don’t know what you’ll be like when you’re born. You might be super tall, average-sized or short. Now, imagine you could write the rules for society but you had to do it not knowing which height you would be. This experiment was in a story about Juan Rodriguez who was super tall so couldn’t fit in or do the things his friends could do. The Short & Curly Guide to Life is one of the most interesting and useful books I’ve ever read.
Reviewed by Tommie (10)
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