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Diogenes / by M.D. Usher, pictures by Michael Chesworth

 


Title:  Diogenes
Author: M.D. Usher 
Pictures by: Michael Chesworth 
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN:  978-0-374-31785-0
Year:  2009

Concepts:  wants and needs, ethics

Review:  Diogenes, an unusually thoughtful dog in ancient Greece, lived a comfortable life free of trouble or need.  Yet Diogenes wanted more; he wanted to be his own master.  Inspired by his observations of a carefree mouse, Diogenes left all his creature comforts behind and set off for the great city of Athens.  There he spent the rest of his doggy days performing various tricks to teach people about the value of a simple lifestyle and the importance of avoiding moral bankruptcy.  Based on the actual story of a man who founded the Cynic school of philosophy, this unique book offers children an interesting opportunity to explore ethics and morals in an ancient Greek setting.

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  Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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