This captivating book affirms a child’s ability to think, to seek information, and to question “why?”
Children should be given information, not dogma, and tools for critical thought, not holy books, asserts Dan Barker. Maybe Right, Maybe Wrong teaches children important humanistic ideas. Andrea, the book’s main character, distinguishes between rules and principles, finds that there is not always a “right” thing to do, and realizes that sometimes the “right” thing is to choose the lesser “wrong.” Her most important insight: Regardless of one’s own beliefs, you should respect everybody’s human rights. Through Andrea, Barker painlessly teaches “situation ethics” to children.
Maybe Right, Maybe Wrong doesn’t speak down to kids, but uses simple language and fun illustrations to make a tough topic understandable.