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Mark and Theo Make Their Case: Student Book (saddle-stitched)
Mark and Theo Make Their Case is a picture book for children in elementary school that introduces young students to the philosophical skills of identifying a problem, making an argument, and making objections. In the story, Will, the architect of Mark and Theo’s world, has decided that the world he drew is imperfect and therefore is not worth maintaining. Mark and Theo disagree, insisting that something that is not perfect can still be good. Together, they work to convince Will that, though imperfect, they are perfect as they are. This engaging book is part of a comprehensive story-based philosophy curriculum for kids.
Readers will remember Mark and Theo from the first two books, and they will delight to find them brought together in this book as they debate against Will, the architect of their world who is also the star of Will Power, a book further on in the series.
Will has decided that the world he drew for Mark and Theo is imperfect and therefore is not worth maintaining. Mark and Theo argue against this idea, insisting that something that is not perfect can still be good. Children are introduced to the principles originally put forth by Plato in his quest for a perfect world and Aristotle’s rejection of that world. They learn how to identify a problem, make an argument, and make objections. In the process, they watch Mark and Theo work together toward a surprising conclusion that ultimately convinces Will that, though imperfect, they are perfect as they are.
This is a saddle-stitched (stapled) edition of this book. Saddle-stitched books are more durable and less expensive than perfect-bound (glued) books. This book also comes in a perfect-bound edition, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a bookshelf. Additionally, there is an accompanying teacher manual that serves both editions. (See below.)