Thursday, October 26, 2023

Today's read... Asking Awesome Questions by Mort and Carly Greenberg

Back in May, I reviewed the first book in The Fearless Girl and the Little Guy with Greatness series (here). Since I did enjoy it, I'm taking a peek at the third book in the series...I enjoyed the theme of this one. Knowing how to ask questions is more important than many people realize and isn't something I've seen addressed very often. So, let's take a peek and see if this book does everything I'm expecting it will.

The Fearless Girl and Little Guy with Greatness
by Mort Greenberg and 
Carly Greenberg
digitalCORE Inc
Children's Nonfiction
69 pages
ages 6 to 12

From an early age there was always a back and forth with this father daughter team pushing each other to think through questions or problems to come up with an answer. It did not matter if an answer was right or wrong but having a way to talk through situations was most important. “Asking Awesome Questions” is the third installment in The Fearless Girl and The Little Guy with Greatness series.

This book is for children 6 – 12 years of age who want to ask awesome questions. If you are a parent / caregiver that wants to spend more time with your child, or a teacher, or a librarian looking to engage with a group of kids, this book is also for you.

62+ pages in a workbook format to allow for an interactive learning experience across five

Section 1: Curiosity : Curiosity is the desire to explore the world around you. It motivates you to seek out information about things that interest you. It’s the fundamental tool to making any discovery!

Section 2: Observational Skills : Observation is the act of seeing details and patterns that might otherwise go unnoticed. It is an outstanding talent to be able to notice things that are out of the ordinary. When you pay attention to your surroundings, you are not only taking in everything, but also broadening your perspective.

Section 3: Problem-Solving : Solving problems is a common practice of everyday life. It’s important to learn how to approach challenges with a positive attitude. By brainstorming multiple solutions to a problem, evaluating the pros and cons of each, you are certain to find the right one!

Section 4: The Art of Asking Questions : When you are curious about something, be sure to ask someone about it. Ask open-ended questions that require more than a simple yes or no answer. The information you gain from those questions will advance your critical thinking skills.

Section 5: Logic and Reasoning : To understand cause-and-effect relationships and make thorough connections between different pieces of information, you need to use logic and reasoning. Think logically and systematically. Before coming to a conclusion, you should always consider all the available evidence. Only then will you achieve the best possible outcome!



Asking questions and keeping a closer eye on the surrounding world is as fun as a game after picking up this read.

This book centers around the art of asking questions and presents the theme in a very methodical manner by breaking it up into five chapters. While the first chapter begins with the basics of developing simple curiosity (not something kids really have problems with anyway), each chapter leads further into the art of learning to observe, how to ask questions, and the basics of logical thinking. Despite the very planned line the process follows, it's an easy read which stays very nicely on level. It's clear that the authors know how to speak with readers of that age. It's directly written to the reader in a comfortable style, they can connect with. It never talks down to the audience, either. 

The illustrations are bright, positive, and offer scenes from everyday life. These give subtle support to the text and keep up the good vibes. 

I enjoy how well this fits with the intended age group...and not only due to the writing style. There are several games and activities mentioned, which are easily used as activities with friends and family. Some of these are games kids tend to play, anyway. I do wish there was more than a mention of one or two of these, and that there was a laid out activity or two somewhere in the pages, but that's just me and my brain-storming. This one works well for groups, classrooms, or just for the sake of fun.

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