One-Eye! Two-Eyes! Three-Eyes!
By Aaron Sheppard and Gary Clement
One-Eye! Two-Eyes! Three-Eyes! is about two-eyes and her two wicked sisters. They make fun of her for having only two eyes and wonders why she can't look normal like they do. But two-eyes will show them. She's got a fairy godmother, a magic goat, and a handsome knight to help her outsmart he terrible sisters and escape far, far away.
Guidelines for Philosophical Discussion
This is a story similar to Cinderella, Two Eyes is bullied by her sisters everyday. The basis of this discussion is about the nature of human actions. The main themes for the discussion are discrimination and sharing; each theme explores the consequences and benefits of each action.
The book raises issues that have been in our society for a very long time; namely discrimination against someone else because of the way they look. The two oldest sisters pick on the youngest sister because she has two eyes and they do not. So the two oldest sisters only give Two Eyes a small amount of food, that is never enough, and Two Eyes always goes to bed hungry. While the only work that needs to be done is also done by Two Eyes while One Eye and Three Eyes do nothing. The question raised is, is it okay for people to be discriminated against because of the way they look? In the end, Two Eyes gets taken to the palace by a knight. If the other two sisters would have been nicer to Two Eyes then maybe they could have joined Two Eyes in the palace instead of having to stay in their small cottage.
Another issue raised in the fairy tale is whether the actions that all three sisters made were the best choices possible. The premise of the second set of questions is to raise the question of whether or not sharing is the proper choice. In the beginning, the reader learns that Two-Eyes gets bullied by her sister. As the story continues we see many more times all three sisters have a choice where they can split what they have with each other; however, each time they aim for the action(s) that cause each other to suffer the most. In the end, rather than help her sisters learn how to get the apples down, Two-Eyes leaves the sisters and moves into the palace.
Questions for Philosophical Discussion