Reading Children

Discussion Guide

Do I Look Like Breakfast is a fable about a group of different animals looking for a better way to live together. One might say they are searching for their Shangri-La, a place where they can live in harmony and peace.

The story will stimulate young readers to ask questions. With a little guidance this may then lead to a philosophical discussion that should aim at identifying and solving problems. In the process the children are encouraged to open up and to reflect on difficulties they have encountered themselves. This activity will furthermore help the children to develop thinking skills, expressive language and the ability to present their views.

Let’s review some of the questions that arise in Chapter One.

Livingston Lion claims to be the king of all the animals. He therefore feels he is entitled to special considerations from the others. He believes that his meals should present themselves to him. He chooses to have Delphine Duck for breakfast. Delphine declines to be of service and now a number of questions can be posed.

  1. Should kings be allowed to take what they want?
  2. What other positions of power can you think of?
  3. What are the responsibilities of people in power (government, teachers, parents)?
  4. Is it democratic to bully people?

The children will come up with different answers, questions and comments and ALL of them are right. As teachers or parents it is our role to suggest and guide. Never to simply impose our opinion.

When problems are identified it is important to ask how they can be solved. That will lead to further discussion and opportunities to gently nudge them on.

As we follow Delphine and the other animals in their quest for a better life, we run into other problems and opportunities to seek solutions.

Suggested reading:

  • Big Ideas for Little Kids by Thomas E Wartenberg and
  • A Sneetch is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries by the same author.

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