This is a quirky and memorable work of children’s philosophy, in which the two protagonists – Phil and Sophie – explore ideas about how the world works in a set of thirteen themed investigations. It is an enjoyable, clearly-written book with engaging illustrations, which stands out for its commitment to making philosophy relevant to children’s day-to-day lives.
Best friends Phil and Sophie like to spend time together by a little stream near their houses, and they go there whenever they have anything important to discuss. The questions they ask one another include: ‘Why does anything at all exist?’, ‘How do we recognise beauty?’, ‘What do feelings do to us?’, ‘How do I know that you’re my friend?’, ‘Who will I be when I grow up?’, ‘What is right?’ and ‘What might it be like to be dead?’. Each section opens with a brief introductory consideration of the particular issue, followed by a short account of Sophie and Phil’s conversation. At the end of the book the author provides a context for each of the questions posed in the text, citing famous philosophers where appropriate and offering practical encouragement to children to continue with their thinking.
This is a perfect book for inquisitive children of all ages and those who look after them.
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