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A book you can hold
I’m pleased to say hard copies of The Bird and the Elephant, philosophy for children, is now available in physical copy form, real pages! I’m even happier to say that it now features 11 beautiful hand drawn illustrations from a very talented artist named Jonathan Duck.
The book is available through Amazon. So if you’re not a fan of ebooks then this – i humbly suggest – is perfect!
The philosophy story
Aimed at around the 6-9 age mark, depending on the child and parents. The Bird and The Elephant starts with an introduction and is then broken up into 10 poetic discussions.
The discussion topics are: (in order)
Who are we?
Where do we come from?
Why are we here?
Why do bad things happen?
A bird is flying high one day when he decides he needs to take a rest. He glances down below and aims for a large rock. But it isn’t a rock! He shockingly discovers he’s landed on an elephant’s back. They begin having a conversation. The bird is impatient and hot headed while the elephant is calming and wise. Through their discussions the bird learns a lot about life and ultimately, himself.
A Brand New Year
A poem by The Elephant
A new year is something that’s like a new page.
It is blank, it is empty, like an actor-less stage.
You can build you can draw, you can write and create.
In this year that’s ahead, How will your page be great?
What things will you change?
From your page of last year.
Did you stain your own ink,
With a cry or a tear?
Or did you have a great page?
And now this one will be better.
So much you’ll write down
That it’ll turn into a letter!
I love a new page, because it means a fresh start.
If my last page was ripped,
This one has no marks,
This one has no tears,
This one has no smudges,
No regrets, no complaints, no anger, no grudges.
Today i will start, and let life start to draw me.
And i’ll think of my page, and my life and it’s story.
I’ll be mindful of how i want my page to look
Because one day, my page, will turn into a book.
Philosophy for children
Philosophy for children audiobook
It’s finally here. For all those who no longer enjoy flicking through pages or staring at a screen, i present – words direct to your ears! The Bird and the Elephant – Philosophy for children, is now available as an audiobook.
Super simple to purchase and download, it will now sit in your phone or on your device and be ready whenever you feel like hearing it’s words.
As much as the Hummingbird in this photo suggests otherwise, i narrated the audiobook myself. I felt it would add a personal touch because – i read it how i wrote it. Another person could never really do this, although i am fully aware they may be able to read it better; this was not the task.
So…. if you’re ready. Click and Download! The links are below and on my main page:
As always, i sincerely hope you enjoy it.
All the best
Philosophy for Children Number 1 on Amazon
I was incredibly pleased to recently see my book top the charts on Amazons children’s Philosophy section. Admittedly, Philosophy for children is a niche market but i’m incredibly grateful for everyone whose read and purchased the book so far! It’s now slipped down to number 3, only you can bring it back up! 😉
Remember, i love to hear your feedback, so feel free to send me your comments. I had some from a lovely girl called Milla, she’s 8 and lives in Sydney, Australia. She said:
“Is the book about how the world formed?”
“Is the elephant smart? Because he knows everything and is telling the bird all the answers to his question. He said you don’t need money to be happy.”
“I also loved how you had different discussions for each chapter.”
“It had some funny parts in it and I liked it how you rhymed and you didn’t make it too big.”
“The bird was kind of feisty because he didn’t like love or really cared about anyone, but the elephant was really kind and generous and taught him
How to be generous thankful and giving. But he became friends with the elephant in the end and wasn’t that feisty.”
“The bird flew away with thoughts he wouldn’t of had yesterday.”
“And if the bird didn’t land on the elephant he wouldn’t of learnt all the important facts about life that he wouldn’t ever of dreamed about knowing.”
“And the elephant was like a teacher”
“I liked discussions on morality and love”
Some wonderful feedback, i’m so very glad she enjoyed it and that it has raised questions and observations from her. That’s what it’s all about! If you haven’t got a copy already? i hope this helps you decide.
All the best.
Philosophy for children – D vs D
DECENT vs DESCENT
Purchasers in the first few days of ‘The Bird and the Elephant’ – Philosophy for children release, may have noticed what is best described as a ‘Rookie mistake!’ Two words that look similar, sound similar but sadly do not have the same meaning. Firstly, i apologise – sorry. Secondly, i hope it hasn’t affected your enjoyment and thirdly, it’s amended now, yes!
I guess the reason i wanted to write this was just to share how difficult it is to see something you’re so close to. A philosophical observation? perhaps. I read it a 100 times and got it proofread but it still slipped through the net, like a decent swimming fish that had mastered the art of descent!
There’s an expression that states ‘Sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees.’ This is actual proof – for me – of that happening. But, at least i know it’ll never happen again!
Anyways, you can now safely purchase the book, mistake free! Audio and print versions will be coming soon, i’ll of course keep you posted.
That’s all for now, have a decent day! 😉