Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots
Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots
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Annotation: Robots try to figure out the difference between facts and opinions.
Catalog Number: #210844
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-9848162-6-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-01508-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-9848162-6-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-01508-1
Dewey: 121
LCCN: 2019022937
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
What a good idea! Show little ones how to tell facts from opinions d do it with robots! The digital artwork features jaunty, colorful robots who bring up various topics and ask if they are fact or opinion. The colors of robots? That's a fact. "A fact is anything that can be proven either true or false." Which robot is more fun? That's an opinion. There are even questions, readers are shown, that can't be answered because more information is needed. The engaging robots, the simple text, the clean, crisp pages, and, of course, the question-and-answer format that gives young ones the chance to think and decide for themselves. Only one question is debatable: "Is having a favorite [ice cream] flavor a fact or an opinion?" The book deems it an opinion, which in one sense it is. But a favorite is a favorite, and that's a fact. Parents, teachers, and librarians will find lots of uses for this, and even those working with somewhat older children can use it as a discussion starter.
Publishers Weekly
-Do you know the difference between a fact and an opinion?- Rex (Eat Pete!) creates an essential picture book for the times, with a cast of digitally rendered robots as his eager-eyed, rambunctious object lessons. First introducing a yellow, a red, and a blue robot, each with two eyes, the text asks some follow-up questions (-Do any of them have three eyes?... Is there a green robot?-) by way of introducing facts as -anything that can be proven true or false.- Which robot is more fun than the other two, however, is an opinion--something that you feel and you believe but you cannot prove.- Though opinions are excellent expressions of individuality, they differ from facts. Wading out into the murky waters of discourse, he offers more tips. Listen to other opinions (one robot declares that another who doesn-t like scary movies is -a big baby-), reboot the dialogue (-BEEP!-), and find common ground (-I do like space movies!-). Rex and his robots ultimately make a fun, cogent argument for informed and civil conversation. These robots could teach grown-ups a thing or two. Ages 5-8. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 In this informative picture book, a group of robots teach kids about the differences between facts and opinions. Starting with the basics of discerning facts from opinions, the discussion becomes surprisingly complex, as Rex explores the times when we have to wait for more information in order to claim something as a fact. Most important, he finishes up by explaining the importance of respecting the opinions of others. Rex's word choice and sentence structure make this title ideal for a young audience, while his critical thinking questions and repetition of concepts ensure that this text will be a useful purchase for any teacher. Rex's large, vibrant robots add whimsy to the discussion. Their goofy, solid-color frames pop against the white background, making it ideal for large group sharing. VERDICT : A must-buy for most collections.Peter Blenski, Hartland Public Library, WI
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Word Count: 823
Reading Level: 2.6
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 509590 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD480L

A hilarious, timely conversation about the differences between facts and opinions, by the creator of the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight Goon

Do you know the difference between a fact and an opinion? It can be a hard thing to understand. Some things are facts--like the number of robots in this book. Other things are opinions--like which robot would make the best friend, or which robot dances best. And sometimes to tell the difference between a fact and an opinion, you need to wait to get more information--that's because facts can be proven true or false, and opinions are things you feel and believe--but that you can't prove.

Mike Rex introduces young readers to the very important distinction between facts and opinions, and he reminds us that it is nice to listen to one another's opinions, and to stand up for the facts!

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