We were asked by Timberdoodle to take a look at The Amazing Dr. Ransom’s Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies. This book boasts as a field guide for clear thinkers. I was eager to take a look at this book, although I admit that I honestly didn’t know what to expect.
First, off the bat, this book is geared toward high school and adults. In the book, adultery, abortion, and other strong topics are mentioned and discussed while reviewing fallacies, so make sure you are aware and ready for that if you choose to work through the book with younger students. Mine aren’t quite there yet, but I think this would be very benefital to helping your high school aged kids understand the logic and fallacies behind many of the heavy topics and even helping them to engage others in discussion. The concepts were presented in a humorous matter and the pictures are quite entertaining to show each fallacy as an adorable creature, ready to strike.
The Amazing Dr. Ransom’s Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies’ stories and descriptions gives teens a thorough grasp of 50 informal fallacies, each followed up with a few short discussion questions and exercises that offer real world examples. Plus both one- and two-semester schedules are included in the back of the book. Tests and quizzes are available at the publisher’s website for free.
You can find The Amazing Dr. Ransom’s Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies on Timberdoodle alone or as part of their 10th Grade Curriculum set.