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Title and Author: Peach & Blue by Sarah S. Kilborne

Field of Philosophy: Ethics; Aesthetics

Plot Summary: A friendship develops between a blue toad and a peach who wants to see the world before she is eaten. They open each other’s eyes to seeing the world in new ways.

Some Discussion Questions:

WHAT DOES FRIENDSHIP MEAN?

WHAT CAN YOU BE FRIENDS WITH?
Can you be friends with any of the following?
The moon.
A car.
A stone.
A pair of shoes.
A book.
A movie.
A cat.
A plant.
A bird.
A house.
A piece of land.
An idea.
A dream.
A song.
A painting.
A tree.
A parent.

WHAT IS A FRIEND?
If someone is a friend, is the following true?
I play with him or her a lot.
I talk to him or her a lot.
We share thoughts with each other.
We share feelings with each other.
I share my toys with him or her.
I like him or her.
I want to be near him or her.
We help each other.
She or he thinks that I am their friend.

BEAUTY
Are things more beautiful when you see them for the first time?
Does what we think is beautiful depend on the way we perceive the world?
Can new experiences change the way we perceive the world?