Who Wins? You Decide!
Do you remember those books that let you choose the next step of the characters in the story? Each time you read it, the story could be totally different! In the book, Who Wins?, you decide who would win a theoretical battle between 100 historical figures. It’s a fun way to combine history with logic, laughs, and plenty of imagination!
Let’s say Charles Dickens challenges Mother Teresa to a lightsaber duel—they’re both equally fit, so will his superior artistry overcome her advantage in bravery and leadership? Or who wins karaoke—Nelson Mandela or Jane Austen? They certainly both have a way with words, but Mandela’s over-the-top courage might take the day.
Mixing and matching 100 historical figures in 50 competitive categories, from Ping-Pong to climbing Mount Everest, Who Wins? turns history into a compelling game, which means kids learn while having fun in the process. Each of the famous people is given a short bio and ranked in six categories—bravery, leadership, artistry, wealth, wisdom, and fitness.
And because there are no right answers, the reader decides, and in the very act of deciding and justifying the answer, real learning has taken place.
This is a spiral bound book with three columns that allow you to change up to 2 historical figures, like Louis Armstrong, Pablo Picasso, William Wallace or Ramses II as well as the “battles” such as who would win a stand-up comedy routine, the Indy 500, living in 10,000 BC, or even zookeeping!
Each person is rated in areas such as wealth, fitness, wisdom and other qualities that could impact your argument. Plus, the book includes a little history and little known facts about each person which could sway your opinion too.
For example, if Hannibal, the Savage of Carthage, went up against Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, in living in the wild, wild west, who would win? According to the book, Hannibal would beat Mary Shelley in areas of wealth, fitness, bravery and leadership but would tie or lose to her in wisdom, artistry and intelligence. I’d argue Hannibal would win, but who knows?
And that’s the fun part. I think it’s a great way to teach kids how to formulate their opinion based on the information given to them, and then support their argument. Let’s call it baby steps towards learning debate! But they are also learning about history too.
So where can you find this fun and educational book, Who Wins? You can pick it up on Amazon today!
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