Information vs. Opinions vs. Robots from Michael Rex
Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots provides an easily accessible introduction to a controversial topic.
Fact vs. Opinions vs. robot by Michael Rex. Nancy Paulson Books (PRH), 2020, 32 pages.
Read level: Picture book, 4-8 years
Recommended for: Age 5-7
What is the difference between a fact and an opinion? According to this picture book, "a fact is everything that can prove to be true or false". "An opinion is something that you feel and that you believe, but you cannot prove it." The reader is led to this conclusion after answering some questions about the robots that are on these pages. Opinions make us unique, but we should all know the difference and when it is advisable to state whether we do not have enough information. So it comes down to three categories: fact, opinion and tell me more so that I can decide. At the end of the book, an articulated preschooler should keep a close eye on these categories.
Older children should be encouraged to think a little further. Some opinions could be better informed with facts. Some facts could actually be based on opinions (ie worldview). Do facts always trump opinions? Do opinions sometimes mask themselves as facts? And is belief “just” an opinion? These distinctions are much more complex than a picture book can examine, but facts vs. Opinions is a good enough foundation and a possible springboard for further discussions. The point that we should not think less of each other or argue about our opinions is also well received.
Overall rating: 4 (of 5)
- Weltanschauung / moral value: 3.5
- Artistic / literary value: 4
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