Readers are awaiting a new encounter
with stories united under the common title
Why We Are in Need of Tales. Let me remind
you that these deep philosophical books were
written by Maria daVenza Tillmanns, a professional
philosopher dedicated to the study of
philosophizing with children, who has gained
valuable experience in this field. Maria’s books
are inspired by her work with her students at
El Toyon Elementary School in National City
(California), with whom Maria held philosophy
with children classes for three years before
COVID-19. With parental permission, the children
provided their drawings, which are used
as illustrations for the books.
I read Why We Are in Need of Tales, Part III
with great pleasure.
The focus of this book is on making decisions,
sometimes very hard decisions. In Part
II, the focus is on dreams — hopes and wishes
we have for life. This book looks at how we
may best decide how to make those hopes
and wishes come true. And the answer Huk
and Tuk suggest is deceptively easy: by making
decisions “with your eyes wide open.” (5, p. ix).
The author of this excellent book managed
to describe how to make decisions with your
eyes wide open through the playful dialogue
between Huk and Tuk. The books are written
in dialogue so the reader immediately plunges
into the context of a lively conversation. Dialogue
not only sharpens attention, but also invites
the reader to participate in the conversation.
In this way, the reader becomes a listener
at the same time.