Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Stormy Night


I have used Michele Lemieux's book Stormy Night in elementary school philosophy classes. It’s a great resource for an introductory session to help the students start to recognize philosophical questions and to think about the questions they have.

Stormy Night is wonderfully illustrated with black and white line drawings. It starts off with a young girl going to bed. Kept awake by a storm, she lies there, thinking, “I can’t sleep! Too many questions are buzzing through my head.” All of us, including children, know this feeling.

The remainder of the book is filled with this young girl's questions and her thoughts about life and death, and their illustrations. “Where does infinity end?” “Is there only one of me in the world?” “Will I always make the right decisions? And how will I know if they’re right?” “Will I know when it’s time to die?”

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