Pete the badger is obsessively tidy. It’s bad enough that his obsession encroaches on his friends personal space but then he turns his attention to cleaning up the environment… and when scrubbing and polishing rocks and picking up every single fallen autumn leaf creates a mound of plastic bags and results in the trees looking “bare and scrappy” he takes things even further. Pete’s extreme cleansing measures, as well as destroying many creatures habitat, result in him being unable to find his way home and after a hungry night spent in the bowl of a cement mixer, he finally sees his mistake. It really helps to pay close attention to the images in this story. The expression on the animals faces as Pete gives them a bath, the flower in the bin, the pile of bin bags, the hoover in the forest, the price tags on the trees…
How does Pete decide which flowers should stay and which should go?
What is the difference between a weed and a flower?
What is beauty?
Can nature be ugly?
Why do the animals allow Pete to wash them?
Should Pete use the hedgehog to brush the fox’s tail?
Why do the replanted trees have prices tags?
What does it mean to be perfect?
Do some creatures have more rights than other creatures?
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A girl named Curly is in a bad mood and happens to come across a stick which has randomly fallen to the ground. The stick comes in handy for poking her little brother and happily also relieves her of her bad mood – which has been now passed to her mum. The bad mood is passed on further and so is the stick the stick finds an unlikely home in an ice cream parlour window whose owner keeps it there because it makes him happy.
Where do moods come from?
What are emotions?
What is the difference between a mood and an emotion?
Is a mood a thing that can be transferred/ passed along like a ball?
Is weather a good metaphor for moods?
Do we need our emotions to make reasoned judgements?
Why does the stick make the man happy?
How we respond to objects and incidents via emotions seems to shape what happens next, if we are not in charge of our responses – are we really making decisions for ourselves?
What place do random events have in life? Is the path of our life determined by prior events and experiences rather than by us making reasoned decisions?
Can bad actions have good effects?
If a bad action results in a good outcome – was it still a bad thing to do? How do we determine what is good and what is bad?
if everything that happens to us is a result of some event that happened before – what would be the first cause?
What is a coincidence?
What does it mean when the illustrations are described as art – are illustrations art? Can art be something that is mechanically reproduced?
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