I bought this to help introduce my 8 year old to the basics of Inquiry. I really like The Work and wanted a fun way to introduce the basics of Inquiry to my son. He enjoyed the book, but like a similar book I purchased at the same time, he only asked to read it a few times.
The story is cute and easy for kids to relate to, but I think the ending is a little too similar to the adult version of The Work. The story suddenly changes from a enjoyable story in children's language to a complex exercise in adult language. Turnarounds are a bit abstract for the age of the intended audience. When I explained this idea to my son, he understood it in an academic way. He could figure out the 'correct' answers and 'pass the test' in the back of the book. But he didn't understand it viscerally at all. I don't think a child would or even should use turnarounds on their own. It's too easy (even for some adults) to fall into a self critical, self blaming state of mind which is the exact opposite of what we want to achieve.
So for the age group of the intended audience, I think the first two questions 'Is it true?' and 'Can you absolutely know it's true' are very powerful tools. The third question 'Who would you be without this thought?' is a good discussion topic with parents. Turnarounds should wait until they are a bit older. I think the next time we read it, I'll skip the part about the turnarounds and focus on Tiger's first three questions.
All in all, I'm glad my son has been exposed to the ideas in this book. Questioning our thoughts is one of the most powerful and liberating skills we can ever learn.
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Hay House; 1 edition (28 February 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140192560X
- ISBN-13: 978-1401925604
- Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 0.9 x 27 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 431 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)