About Fairminded Fran
This is the story of Fairminded Fran and her experience in learning about community cats. On her journey Fran must
try to convince Selfish Sam to help with the cats, Sam, who cares only for himself. She must also convince Naïve Nancy to get involved, Nancy, who doesn’t want to make waves and always goes along with the crowd. Fran, Sam, and Nancy are
creations originally of Dr. Richard Paul, international
authority on critical thinking. These characters were
developed to help young children understand the importance of not only critical thinking, but fairminded or ethical critical thinking. In the past 20 years, Dr. Elder has developed many publications and materials to help educators and parents understand how to foster critical thinking in children (as well as in older students and adults).
Fairminded Fran and the three small black Community Cats adds to this library of materials. It can be used in the classroom to help students understand community cats and how best to help them; it can also be used to help students understand the importance of critical thinking in that process.

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Click here to see a video book on Fran, Sam and Nancy.

Order the book! Click here to order the book from the Foundation
for Critical Thinking website.


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