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The Kids' Book of Questions: Revised for the New Century Paperback – November 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; revised edition (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761135952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761135951
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

ASK AWAY!

Ask your best friend. Ask your teacher. Ask your mom and dad. Most of all, ask yourself. THE KIDS' BOOK OF QUESTIONS makes it easy to ask hard questions and fun to answer them: questions about right and wrong, about why parents act the way they do, about what you'd do for money, even about ruling the world.

Discover how you really feel, let people know what you think, or raise an issue you've always wanted to discuss-you'll be amazed to find how far one little question can lead you.

Before he began visiting schools and asking kids questions, Gregory Stock challenged older readers with the #1 bestselling THE BOOK OF QUESTIONS.

About the Author

Gregory Stock is a biophysicist, bestselling author, biotech entrepreneur, and the former director of the Program on Medicine, Technology, and Society at UCLA’s School of Medicine. His interests lie in the scientific and evolutionary as well as ethical, social, and political implications of today’s revolutions in the life sciences and in information technology and computers. He lives in Houston, Texas.

Customer Reviews

Our kids love it!
Jenny
Letting kids pick a question at random is a great way to break the ice and start a conversation.
ED
Book recommended by first grade teacher.
Gabby

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
We took this book on a long car trip two years ago when my kids were 10 and 12. We spent hours talking and laughing about the questions and our answers. The book asks many humorous questions such as "If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?", or "What was the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you? Are you embarrassed now by the same things that used to embarrass you?". But mostly, the book asks insightful and thought-provoking questions such as, "What are you most proud of having done? What would make you even more proud?", or "Some adults have a lot of trouble enjoying themselves. If you were asked to give them some advice about how to play and have more fun, what would you say?", or "Do you think boys or girls have it easier?". This book has been in our car for 2 years. The kids still pick it up frequently to ask questions to their carpool on the way to school, or to ask questions to their friends on the way to sports practices. And they especially love to hear their parents' answers!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a wonderful resource for classroom teachers. It prompts real non-biased conversations about choices, ethics, and problem solving surrounding issues such as popularity, telling the truth, money, sports, and much more. When there is time to fill, we pull out a Kids' Question. (Of course, the questions must be preapproved by the teacher due to the sensitivity of certain topics and content.)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this on impulse for a long car trip, along with other books and toys, but this was the major hit! Our kids (8 and 10) took turns picking numbers and discussing the chosen questions; they kept at it for over an hour and wanted more later. They still wanted to use it on another trip two months later. As parents, we were astonished that they were so interested in talking about serious problems with us and each other as long as it was within the format of the book. Please tell me there'll be a sequel!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've used this book with my own kids, and I've used it in my classroom. It was enjoyed by so many students that I hate to say it, but one student walked off with it at the end of the year. I work in a school where a lot of the kids are at risk, and this book was wonderful as a tool to help them examin their attitudes, their fears, and their feelings about things. It takes a little time to look through and evaluate what would be good for your classroom. That's a subjective thing anyway, and you have to know your students, but over all, I find this book to be worthwhile and fun at the same time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CC on August 18, 2005
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My kids and I spend Sunday mornings taking hikes and having long discussions about life, religion, school, etc. We take this book along on our hikes as our springboard for discussion. I read the questions out loud and let the kids answer them, and sometimes add on my own opinions when they're done. It gives me a chance to chime in about what I think is important and it keeps us talking. I think these conversations also help build empathy, understanding, and listening skills, as well as helping us to all remember to think before we speak. Some of the questions are lighthearted and some are more serious, and none so far have proven to be offensive to my family's ethics. My kids enjoy the questions, especially my nine-year-old son, and look forward to our hikes & talks all week long. I'm thrilled to get glimpses into my kids' heads on topics that are well worth discussing but might not otherwise come up in conversation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. Coffill on May 22, 2002
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I use this in my public speaking class to start discussion groups.
It's pretty good, and far more appropriate for my students than "The Book of Questions." Some questions are ba bit elementary for my high schoolers, but that's okay.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guy P. Harrison on November 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
I would never have purchased this book because I think up mental challenges and have philosophical discussions with my kids all the time. If I saw this book on a shelf I would snobbishly pass it by. Why would I need a list of questions when I do so well on my own?

Fortunately, someone gave me this book as a gift and it turned out to be a big hit. I don't know what it is, maybe my kids are more impressed by questions coming out of an "authoritative" book instead of daddy snatching ideas out of thin air, but they love it.

It really does get my kids' minds going and many times I learn new things about them. Parents who are concerned about inappropriate questions only have to skip those questions. It's no big deal.

Bottom line: This book is a good buy for parents who want to raise children who think.

--Guy P. Harrison, author of

Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know About Our Biological Diversity

and

50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dana Salsgiver on July 5, 2008
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My Grandchildren and i enjoyed this book almost as much as Book of Questions. I was amazed at the thought provoking answers and opinions these questions evoked. This was from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. I recommend you pull the family away from the T.V. and open up these two books.
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