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Title and Author: The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

Field of Philosophy: Metaphysics

Plot Summary: A young rabbit tells his mother he wants to run away. His mother, however, responds, "If you run away, I will run after you". They continue to play an imaginary game of hide-and-seek throughout the book.

Some Discussion Questions:

IS SOMETHING STILL ITSELF IF IT CHANGES?
Is a chair still a chair if its legs are broken?
Is a song still a song if everyone forgets the words?
Is a spoon still a spoon if it falls behind the stove and is never seen again?
Is a book still a book if some pages are torn out? All of its pages?
Is a morning still a morning if no one is awake to see it?
Is a clock still a clock if it stops and there is no one to wind it?
Are pencils still pencils if they are too short to use?
Is the sun still the sun if it doesn't shine?

HOW MUCH CAN A THING CHANGE BEFORE IT IS SOMETHING ELSE?
A dress.
A car.
A face.
A feeling.
An idea.
A friendship.

STAYING THE SAME AND BECOMING DIFFERENT
Are there some things that always stay the same no matter what?
Your size.
Your friends.
Your family.
Your house.
Your yard.
Your feelings.
Your friendships.
What you like to eat.
Your mind.
Your day.

GROWNUPS AND CHILDREN
How are grownups different from or the same as children?
Grownups are not children.
Grownups are still children.
Grownups are larger than children.
Grownups can do more things than children can.
Grownups know more than children.
Grownups know less than children.
Will you still be you when you grow up?
Which of the following will still be the same when you grow up?
You hair.
Your head.
Your mouth.
Your eyes.
Your feet.
Your feelings.
Your thoughts.
Your dreams.

WHAT MAKES YOU YOU?
Your family.
Where you live.
Your age.
Your clothes.
Your body.
Your mind.
Your dreams.
Your toys.
Your thoughts.