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By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Journey to explore big questions only gets you so far.

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A small set of kids' big philosophical questions gets some serious consideration with a guided thinking tour, but some elements fall short. Wiseland does well in representing a complicated issue in an easy-to-understand, kid-friendly context. It's also nice to see a variety of prompts that asks kids to think hard about how the issue relates to their own lives. Each representative scenario gets looked at from different perspectives, and there are a lot of "what if" questions. This certainly gets kids thinking but may also confuse them. And there are some technical difficulties and awkward controls that get in the way of kids enjoying it to its fullest. All the material is scripted and presented in a neat little package. On the plus side, kids may discover an interest in a topic they hadn't thought about. However, they don't have any freedom to ask their own questions and explore what's on their own unique, individual minds. All in all, though it does get kids thinking about difficult and abstract concepts, it still doesn't quite live up to the old-fashioned way kids have always explored these questions: through thoughtful discussion and exploration with parents, caregivers, teachers, siblings, or peers.

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