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One of the more critical fallacies that we must master is called the red herring. The point of this fallacy is to distract or divert you from your goal often by means of cleverly devised tales. The term originates from the tradition of training dogs to follow the scent of the fox by dragging a smoked herring across the trail. Initially the dogs would veer off to follow the stronger fish scent, but with training would learn the rewards of staying on the trail of the original scent. Isn't that just like our kids? You point them to God and the next thing you know they are chasing down the red herring trail of glory, money, or friendship. Help them to discern these erroneous ideas with this series of Red Herring Mysteries. Presented from a secular perspective, each mystery is concise, few are easy, and most are quite funny. Initially your child will be tempted to pay more attention to irrelevant facts than to the issue at hand, but with practice he will learn to hone in on the pertinent details. Master red herrings and your child will have a great foundation for defeating numerous sub-fallacies like straw man, bandwagon, and emotional appeal. There are sixty-four mysteries in this book.

Red Herring Mysteries develops a child's inferential and deductive thinking skills for more effective reading, listening, and logical thinking.
The activities also encourage creative brainstorming and flexible thinking.

Publisher's Information
Authors: Thomas Camilli
Activities: 64
Black & White:
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 1-60144-162-2
The Critical Thinking Co
Printed In: USA

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Red Herring Much Fun! August 7, 2015
Reviewer: Sammi G.  
Purchased for homeschooling but fun for family time as well! This really helps the children think "outside the box". Very happy with this one!!

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Red Herring Myseries Review by Sam's Noggin January 9, 2012
Reviewer: Sam from Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team  
I really like the Red Herring Mysteries, I chose it for our 5th grader, Hannah. The suggested grade level is 4-6. I am 32, and  am left scratching my head! I have never been very good at critical thinking, and am apparently even worse at critical questioning. This one is moving to our family time in the evening, right before our Bible devotional. I think Dad is better equipped at this one!

Would I recommend this product? Absolutely! You learn so much when you are challenged! I am hoping that our children will have much better reasoning skills than their mother.

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Review by Homeschool Circus January 2, 2012
Reviewer: Lisa from Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team  
These mysteries encourage your child to think outside the box while having a lot of fun!

The beginning of the book gives more details on the "how to" question process and also on the variety of venues where this book can be used.  The basic rules are simple - players phrase their questions so that the reader can answer with either a yes or no.  The reader may give hints to redirect thinking or stimulate new questions.  

In our home, we used it for dinnertime fun with Hubby, my 7th, 4th and 2nd graders present.  Don't let the grade level marked on the book fool you.  Some of the mysteries my 2nd grader got and some of them my Hubby got.  Simply put, based on the correlation between different uses of the same word -AND- the ability to follow a line of questioning can make all the difference in who solves each mystery.

This book was a hit!  I think it would make a great party/get-together game too.

Read the rest of this review at http://upatdawnreadytowork.blogspot.com/2010/12/three-critical-thinking-selections-from.html

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Review by Day by Day in Our World December 15, 2011
Reviewer: Laura from Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team  
To incorporate a little logic in our days, we have been using Red Herring Mysteries Level 1.  R sits in the prime target range for this book, but I found that both D and P were able to join in on the fun.  Each page has a ‘red herring’ story with a question posed.  The students then ask questions of the teacher that can be answered as yes or no.  The idea is for them to formulate questions that point them towards the answer with the teacher avoiding the issuance of hints.  We found this a fun activity for during lunchtime.  It did take a few passes through to get the hang of the process, though.

Read the rest of this review at http://daybydayinourworld.blogspot.com/2011/02/critical-thinking-press-three-books-for.html

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Great thinking activity for the whole family September 7, 2011
Reviewer: Pati from Havre, MT United States  
My children love it when we start our school day with a mystery from Red Herring Mysteries 1.  I read the riddle and solution ahead of time so I have the scenario clearly in my mind, then I read the riddle to my children and they must ask me yes/no questions as they attempt to unravel the mystery.  The younger children are not able to fully participate at the same in-depth level of thought as the older children, but they are picking up valuable skills as we talk about questions and why they were asked.  The mysteries get harder as you work through the book.  I personally do not care for the crime mysteries, but they are easy to overlook and even skip because of the value and enjoyment of the rest of the mysteries. The book includes suggestions for use, graphic organizers, a sample questioning process and more. We will most likely purchase level 2 when the time comes.

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