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Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy

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Children are, in many ways, born philosophers. Without prompting, they ask some of the largest questions about time, mortality, happiness and the meaning of it all.

Yet too often this inborn curiosity is not developed and, with age, the questions fall away. This is a book designed to harness children's spontaneous philosophical instinct and to develop it through introductions to some of the most vibrant and essential philosophical ideas of history. The book takes us to meet leading figures of philosophy from around the world and from all eras - and shows us how their ideas continue to matter.

The book functions as an ideal introduction to philosophy, as well as a charming way to open up conversations between adults and children about the biggest questions we all face.

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25th October '18
I read it myself (an adult) , to Nanzioli aged 17 aged 17 , to Chloecustard aged 15 aged 15 , to Carmencorn aged 13 aged 13 & to Jammydodger aged 12 aged 12
Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy 9781999747145
5 stars
We found a lot of the mini tasks inside brilliant for creating mindfulness and better behaviour in certain situations that often arise. The stories are more palliative for kids to digest and understand . We thoroughly enjoyed this book .
13th October '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to Saturn aged 7 to 8
Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy 9781999747145
5 stars
I can't stop reading and talking about this book with others. It is easy to follow and great for an introduction to philosophy for kids. It's aimed at slightly older children than my class (y3) but I've selected parts from it to share with them. I will also lend to my y6 colleagues. 

Well written, great illustrations, ideas and clever how it relates the philosphers' ideas to the lives and issues that children have. 

5 stars! 
11th December '18
I read it to mattieavfc aged 10 aged 10
Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy 9781999747145
5 stars
Beautiful, fascinating and thought-provoking. This book is brilliant in every way. It has led to many discussions in our family, and my boy has taken it into his school to discuss in class with the rest of Year 5. It is so well written, and so cleverly links philosophy to things children can easily relate to. Totally recommend!
5th October '18
I read it to Widget aged 11 aged 11
Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy 9781999747145
5 stars
Wow! What a brilliant book and perfect to help explain Philosophy to my 11 year old who has just started studying it at secondary school. It’s well written and explains many philosophical concepts including why all jobs don’t pay the same, life not being fair. A perfect book to dip in and out if. Highly recommend. 
18th October '18
I read it to Ginjan22 aged 9 aged 9
Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy 9781999747145
5 stars
Fascinating book ... ideal to read together a couple of sections at a time brings up all sorts of interesting discussions !!
6th October '18
I read it to rsa aged 8 aged 8
Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy 9781999747145
5 stars
I was very impressed with this book. It introduces an idea and then looks at one particular philosopher with this idea in mind. I read 'Good Things Are (Unexpectedly) Hard' with Friedrich Nietzsche and 'People Are Unhappy, Not Mean with Zera Yacob' to my son (and husband). Both these sections brought up a lot of questions from my son in particular (had to have help from my husband to answer some of them. I hadn't realised how many things go around in my son's head. Quite revealing.) Absolute answers are not given, the book helps with questioning particular problems/situations, allowing you to come up with your own understanding. It is a book to pick up and have a look at a couple of sections at a time, not so much too read all in one go. Great book for older primary school children, if not young secondary.
31st October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy 9781999747145
3 stars
This is a beautifully produced book published by the School of Life (founded by well known philosopher Alain de Botton). It is a very accessible starting point for exploring philosophy and how philosophical ideas can be applied to everyday life, in fact it is very explicit about this. My only reservations are that it is very heavy on European philosophy and there are only 3 female philosophers out of a total of 25.
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