sip bkk.resizeNothing prepared me to write stories for children. Although I studied child psychology (with the Swiss developmental psychologist and philosopher Jean Piaget), my interests were in epistemology (the way knowledge increases) rather than in children themselves. During these studies, seminars were led by Piaget’s assistants, where students learned to interview children, following Piaget’s “clinical method”. This is where I discovered the great interest children have in basic physical and logical problems (as long as they are set out to correspond to their level of thinking and understanding).

Later I discovered Philosophy for children (or with children), an educational approach aiming to stimulate children’s thinking, and to promote autonomy and creativity, which is exactly what Piaget’s educational views are about. Indeed, Piaget puts a strong emphasis on spontaneous discovery in learning, i.e., on the fact that children learn best through actively exploring, interacting with peers, and thinking by themselves. Of course, in order to stimulate their thinking, we must offer children stories that correspond to their own questioning, stories that make sense to them, and better yet, stories that put them on the path of discoveries that trigger cognitive progress.

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In two neighboring kingdoms, life is very different. In one, people work hard in order to manufacture the goodies that will be enjoyed in the other. This, of course, creates an imbalance in the accounts between the two countries…


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