Big Thoughts For Little Thinkers
Written by Daniel Thompson
Illustrated by Connor Edwards
(Review written on 12th September 2020)
Big Thoughts For Little Thinkers is a stunning book!
This didn’t surprise me at all as I have read, and LOVED, both The Christmas Tale of Elaine Gale and The Humundo Sorterium by Daniel Thompson. He is a very talented poet and children’s book author. I knew I was in for a treat when Daniel offered me the chance to read an advance copy of Big Thoughts For Little Thinkers and it is just brilliant!
The aim of the book is “to introduce children to philosophy and critical thinking as well as to encourage self-confidence and self-love.” It most certainly achieves that in my opinion. I think this book should be in every child’s permanent collection. A book which they can read again and again, to reinforce what is really important in this life. I wish I could have read this to my children when they were little, but I think we can all learn from these lovely little poems whatever age we are.
I’ve been trying the think which poem is my favourite, but I honestly can’t choose. They are all fun yet carry a powerful message for all.
Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers and big thinkers alike!
Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated. I highly recommend!
Many thanks to Daniel Thompson for my digital review copy.
You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger!
It is not the job of a parent to pick their child up when they fall, it is their job to teach their child how to get up for themselves. Just as it is not a parent’s job to teach their child what to think but rather how to think, how to question the daily interactions and encounters of the life they have ahead of them and how to value the morality within those interactions.
This book is my attempt to encourage children towards a lifelong journey of critical thinking and sow the seeds of wider philosophical principals to the next generation of big thinkers. This book deals with the principles of self-esteem self-respect, racial and religious tolerance, success, love, friendship and many more values and virtue that a well rounded forward thinker may wish to consider.
We live in a world where we often hold ourselves to other people’s standards. Be it beauty, success, happiness or wealth, we tend to look outwardly for confirmation of our achievements and we forget to question why we do things that way at all. It is my hope to illuminate the possibility that perhaps we have what we need to feel successful or beautiful or happy within ourselves already and it is only our perception of those things that we need to change.
Keep asking questions,
Keep wondering why.
And remember to always THINK BIG!
This book is intended to introduce children to philosophy and critical thinking as well as to encourage self-confidence and self-love. It also serves as a fun way to begin conversations between children and adults on some of life’s bigger questions.
I thank you for your interest and hope you enjoy the book.
From the Back Cover
The brain is a magical, marvelous thing,
And though it looks small there is plenty,
Of room for a lifetime of wondrous thoughts,
So please, don’t just leave it half empty.
Fill it with puzzling and pondering and pressing,
And questions and quandaries and queries.
Fill it with laughter and learning and love,
Theological thinking and theories.
Question your reasons, imagine ideas,
Make knowledge your business to know.
With every new sort of wondrous thought,
Your brains will continue to grow.
This book’s not instructions on how you should live,
Or a rule book of what you must do.
It’s just a few thoughts for you to explore,
To help form your own point of view.
So read it with caution, don’t take it as fact.
Then ask yourself, do I agree?
Put it back on your shelf, then decide for yourself,
What kind of you, YOU want to be.
happy reading! 🙂