University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children
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Title and Author: I Want To Paint My Bathroom Blue by Ruth Krauss (illustrations by Maurice Sendak)

Field of Philosophy: Aesthetics

Plot Summary: A young boy dreams of painting his bathroom blue, kitchen yellow, ceilings green, etc. He imagines what his ideal home would look like, all in the context of being informed by his father that he can't paint his bathroom blue.

Some discussion questions:

How do certain colors allow us to imagine that we couldn't imagine otherwise?
Why are colors so important to us?
We often identify things by their colors, but are the colors really in the objects, or just part of our perceptions?
Do different colors have different emotional effects on us?
How does color elicit emotional responses?
How do the experiences of the boy in nature in the story change what he thinks? Do our experiences transform the way we see the world?