The Onion’s Great Escape – a thought-provoking book for kids

Kids have their own special brand of philosophy – I’ve found it darts from incredibly profound and insightful to breathtakingly simple in an instant.

Artist Sara Fanelli decided that some ‘big questions’ for kids would be the starting point for her new book, The Onion’s Great Escape.

Described as a ‘conceptual activity book’, The Onion’s Great Escape provides philosophical questions and imagination stretching exercises for kids. Combined with Fanelli’s trademark style, collage and extremely clever paper engineering, the book asks young readers to help the onion ‘break free’.  The end result is a fabulous stand alone, three-dimensional onion. Check out the video clip below to see what I mean.

The questions range from  the simple, such as ‘who are you?’ to the mind-bending, such as ‘is something less real because we cannot touch it?’ and ‘do cherries taste the same for everyone?. Fun stuff – you may want to record your kid’s answers!

Find The Onion’s Great Escape online at Book Depository.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yc9OANJwVs

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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