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July 13, 2005

Book Review: The Thinking Toolbox

The following is a review done on behalf of Mind & Media. The copy of the book I reviewed was donated by the publisher, through Mind & Media for the purpose of this review.

I have to admit that when I saw the book I wasn't all that impressed. I was expecting some colorful, yet childish attempt at restating the obvious or even worse, some feeble attempt at promoting the authors personal philosphy. Boy was I pleasantly surprised.

I got the books several weeks ago, but took this long because I wanted to read it carefully. It's really got some good stuff in it. By about the fifth or sixth chapter I decided this was too good not to be reading to my kids, so I started reading a chapter each day after lunch (in addition to our usual reading) and then going through the exercises with them. It's been a very valuable addition to our homeschool curriculum.

The principles in the book are basic elements of logic that most people are never taught, but desparately need. It's presented in such a way that even children can grasp and remember. The chapters are exactly as an old English professor of mine said they should be — like a mini-skirt — long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to keep your interest.

The cover price of $22 may make some people hesitate, but believe me, it's well worth it. I know of no other book that delivers the concepts this one does, as well. You will be robbing your children of a great learning opportunity by not getting it.

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 13, 2005 06:55 PM

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Well. I have to buy it now. Thanks for the review!

Posted by: Monica-Philadelphia at July 13, 2005 11:51 PM

Awesome, glad you liked it! This is a book I've been wanting to get, along with The Fallacy Detective by the same author.

Posted by: Michelle at April 12, 2006 08:22 PM

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